Larry Lelli

Broadway, Independent


Larry is known as a "musical chameleon", easily switching from one musical style to another, and that's part of the reason he is one of the top-call freelance drummers in NYC. His eclectic resume spans the gamut from major pop/rock artists, to jazz to country and even classical percussion. His versatility has taken him to Broadway, where he is currently playing the hit Broadway musical, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", and prior to that he held the drum chair at the 12 time Tony Award winning hit Broadway musical, "The Producers", as well as the rockabilly runaway hit “Million Dollar Quartet”.

His resume of Broadway shows is extensive, including performing on over 30 different shows, including holding the Broadway drum chair for "Jekyll & Hyde", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", “Pal Joey” and the Broadway debut of Stephen Sondheim’s five time Tony Award winner, "Assassins".  He also maintains a busy schedule filled with studio recording projects for artists, film and TV jingles, along with live gigs around New York, major artist tours, and masterclasses across the globe.  He can also be seen frequently on TV, performing on all major Television variety shows based in NYC.  Larry is thrilled to call NYC home, and to be making music with LP.

Larry has recorded and performed with such musicians as Sebastian Bach (former lead singer of Skid Row), bluesy rocker Melissa Etheridge, pop stars Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley, Anika Noni Rose, Doug Stone (Multi Platinum Nashville Recording Artist), and a two year world tour for the reunion of the legendary 1960's band, The Mamas & The Papas. His impressive resume also includes performances with jazz piano virtuoso Geoff Keezer, Indie hard rockers SuffraJett, Latin trombonist Andre Stephani, and the Minneapolis based, nationally acclaimed Cedar Avenue Big Band. A veteran of countless jingles and film scores, Larry can be heard playing percussion on the soundtrack of the motion picture musical, "The Producers".

An advocate for music in the schools and promotion of the arts in general, Larry remains an active educator making music festival, school and store appearances in conjunction with Latin Percussion. He also enjoys writing and is a regular contributing author for Modern Drummer Magazine. He has also been the subject of various feature articles in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, and The International Musician publications. Larry holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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In the LP Studio with Larry Lelli (time lapsed)
Larry Lelli on the LP Twist Shakers
Larry Lelli on the LP Jam Tamb
Million Dollar Quartet [HD] - The Late Show with David Lette
Tony Awards 2010: Million Dollar Quartet
Giant Steps #3