Larry Hoffman is a composer, guitarist, producer, writer, and teacher. He holds a Masters degree in music theory and composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD. He served on the Preparatory Divison of that faculty for eight years teaching classical music-theory, composition, and history, as well as directing ensembles and teaching courses in the theory, history, and practice of jazz and blues, along with guitar performance. He was co-chairman of the theory department, creator/director of the department of jazz/blues studies, and director of Baltimore's Ceta-sponsored Arts Expansion Program. He also taught courses at the Johns Hopkins Evening College and the Goucher Center.
As a composer, he gained national recognition for several of his compositions including "Music for Six Percussionists," a published prize winner in the annual National Percussive Arts Society competition. Another work, "Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violincello," was recorded by members of the Cleveland Symphony, and continues to receive air-play and live performances across the US. This piece is a permanent part of the the Blues Archives at the University of Mississippi, receiving recommendations from noted scholars William Ferris and Paul Oliver. His articles, reviews, photos, and guest editorials have appeared in many local and international publications, including Guitar Player and Living Blues (where he is a regular writer/reviewer). He has been a judge for the National Association of Independent Record Distributors for the past two seasons. During that time he has written numerous liner notes for record companies both here and abroad, lectured at the University of Mississippi, and produced for the Fat Possum record label in Oxford, Mississippi.
Desert Island Picks
J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion (Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw)
W.A. Mozart Jupiter Symphony (#41) (Neville Marriner/SMAF)
Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano (e minor, op.38)
Charlie Parker The Dial Masters
McCoy Tyner Tender Moments
Robert Johnson The Complete Robert Johnson (box set)
T-Bone Walker T-Bone Walker, 1940-1952
Various Artists Wizards of the Southside
Percy Mayfield My Jug and I
Albert King King of the Blues Guitar