Larry Shaw


Larry Shaw, coming from Wyoming, now calls Philadelphia home where he teaches private lessons, teaches music at St. Helena Incarnation Catholic School, and performs professionally with others in the area. Shaw aims to bring his understanding of music and life from Wyoming as a new perspective to the iconic scene of Philly.


As a performer, Shaw has the pleasure of performing with notable musicians inside and outside of school settings such as professional orchestral percussionist Doug Perkins, jazz saxophonist Greg Osbey, Snarky Puppy’s and Ghost Note’s percussionist Nate Werth, jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford, and jazz pianist Ben Markley. Shaw also travels nationally to perform and has had the pleasure to appear on stage at Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, MT; Dazzle Jazz and Nocturne in Denver, CO; Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York, NY; Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul, MN; and Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, Shaw composes his own music and coordinates his own groups to play his music. Aside from jazz, Shaw has years of experience performing from classical orchestral settings to modern day contemporary music.

As an educator, Shaw not only teaches private lessons, but has experience teaching in classroom settings from his last teaching job at Stages Academy to his teaching position at St. Helena Incarnation Catholic School. Shaw also frequently appears as a guest clinician at middle and high schools.

In early 2017, Shaw was awarded and labeled UNC Greeley Jazz Festival's "most outstanding drummer and soloist," the highest distinction at the festival. 

Photo: Omeed Nyman