Larry Adler

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The musician Larry Adler, born in February 1914, rose to considerable twentieth century stature playing and composing for the mouth organ –otherwise known as: the harmonica. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, he was a unique American character. Here is the next Fishko Files…







"Folk Song" and "Nocturne"

Larry Alder, harmonica (1914-2001)
George Malloy, piano (1945)
Two compositions by Larry Alder



Larry Adler plays Clair de Lune



Larry Adler on ECM Music Show, 1995



WNYC Production Credits

Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister

WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann

Produced by:

Sara Fishko

Comments [5]

Sue from Seattle

Check out a book that has a great profile of Larry Adler in it based on interviews with him. Kim Field back in the 90's wrote a book, Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers.

Feb. 10 2014 10:53 PM
Rajesh Sinha from Mumbai ( India )

It is simply from out of this world. GREAT. There is no word to express my feeling. Long live SIR.

Jan. 31 2014 02:17 AM
NYer from USA

As someone who enjoys playing blues on a Marine Band I can say that any more than playing pop music on this instrument with virtually no repertoire is a waste of time.

Jan. 31 2014 01:10 AM
robert delirio temple from 3rd stone from the sun

for those interested, larry wrote an autobiography called "it ain't necessarily so". it is quite an interesting read.

Jan. 30 2014 07:05 PM
robert goldwitz from new york city

My parents took my sister and I to a Larry Adler concert in the Village in the late 50's - he noticed me imitating his unique style so he called the two of us on stage, handed us both mouth organs and taught us how to blow - then the three of us played a song together. We got to keep the harmonicas, since lost; but I continue to play, am in a band upstate and find the time playing to be some of the sweetest moments in my life

Jan. 30 2014 08:13 AM

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