Basic Background Info

Birth: February 12, 1964
Location: Phildelphia, Pennsylvania
Band: Joe Sample, Foreigner, John Taylor, Jonatha Brooke, Jeff Lorber, Rita Coolidge, Grayson Hugh, Pierce Turner
Genres: Jazz, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


When Larry Aberman was ten years old, the drummer for his brother's band would often leave his kit at their house after rehearsals. One day, young Larry Aberman grabbed a floor tom and began to play along with one of his records. Playing in perfect sync to the Hawaii 5-0 theme, Larry was hooked.

As a child, Larry Aberman studied under Armand Santarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before moving to New York City to enroll at The High School of Music and Arts at fifteen. In New York, Larry Aberman began a life-long mentorship with Justin DiCioccio. After high school, Larry learned percussion from John Beck at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester. Larry Aberman studied orchestra and also played in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. While at Eastman, Larry accompanied Wynton Marsalis on the recording Carnaval (which received a Grammy nomination).

Larry Aberman returned to New York City where he studied at the Drummer's Collective with Kim Plainsfield and Kenwood Dennard. In NYC, Larry worked a great deal: he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company and played Broadway shows; he recorded with David Mann and Jeff Beal; and he toured with Pierce Turner and Grayson Hugh. After building connections in the New York music scene, Larry Aberman recorded with The Vaughan Brothers, Ric Ocasek, David Lee Roth, Lionel Richie, Adam Ant, Grayson Hugh, and performed with Nile, Howard Hewitt, Miki Howard, Dianne Reeves, Nick Lowe, and John Hiatt. Somehow, he also found time to tour with Foreigner.

Larry Aberman then relocated to Los Angeles and began composing and recording music for commercial jingles, movie soundtracks, and television programs. He also recorded with Ben Harper, Daniel Lanois, Aaron Neville, Paul Williams, Wil Jennings, Joe Sample, Wild Orchid, Jennifer Paige, Danielle Brisebois, New Radicals, John Taylor (Duran Duran), Michael Sembello, Kelly Willis, and Bob Clearmountain. Larry Aberman has performed live with Hiram Bullock, Ivan Neville, Simon Lebon and John Taylor of Duran Duran and recorded with Marcus Miller, Dean Parks, Lenny Castro, as well as others. Larry also toured with both Joe Sample and Jonatha Brooke.

Shortly thereafter, Larry Aberman made yet another move and is now in Las Vegas performing with Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity at the New York, New York Hotel. Larry says the show is constantly changing and requires him to utilize years of education while performing each day. During his weekends (Wednesday and Thursday), he frequently records in Los Angeles or in his home studio.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1988 Constant Fear Paranoise
1988 Games David Mann
1988 Liberation Jeff Beal
1990 Family Style Vaughan Brothers
1990 Outlaw Blood Outlaw Blood
1991 Beyond the Groove: Contemporary Jazz on The Move Various Artists
1991 Five Easy Pieces Dirty Looks
1991 Will Rogers Follies [Original Cast] Original Cast Recording
1994 Your Filthy Little Mouth David Lee Roth
1995 Victor/Victoria [Original Cast] Original Cast Recording
1998 Five Easy Pieces Five Easy Pieces
1998 Help Is on the Way Duke Daniels
1999 What I Deserve Kelly Willis
2000 SRV Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
2001 Almost Had a Hit Song Melissa Pearl
2001 Steady Pull Jonatha Brooke
2001 Ultimate High Carly Hennessy
2002 Pecan Tree Joe Sample
2002 Respond, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2003 Essential Jimmie Vaughan Jimmie Vaughan
2006 Van Gogh Ny Van Eck Van Eck


  • During Zumanity shows, Larry performs inside a small plexiglass room, which he fondly calls his "fishbowl."
  • Larry recently recorded drum tracks for an American Experience special on Las Vegas from his home studio in Las Vegas.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Rhythm Tech
Sticks: Zildjian

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