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The Professor of Jazz

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 15, 2013
The Professor of Jazz

Larry Lapin will perform Sunday for the Blowing Rock Jazz Society.
Photo courtesy of the University of Miami

Popular music styles in America have evolved over the past century.

Somebody who listened to the top tunes of the early part of the 20th century would be dumbfounded to hear the top-selling songs by Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber.

Jazz, however, has changed a lot less than other styles of music. The drum, upright bass, piano and saxophone quartet was as popular in jazz 50 years ago as it is today.

Maybe jazz as a style is more stable because the older players reach out to the younger ones and try to teach them the tricks of the trade.

One such teacher is Larry Lapin. An accomplished performer who has played jazz piano all over the country, Lapin is also a well-respected teacher. As professor of jazz studies and director of the studio music and jazz vocal program at the University of Miami’s School of Music, Lapin has passed down his knowledge to literally thousands of musicians.

The Larry Lapin Jazz Band will perform at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The show is part of this year’s Blowing Rock Jazz Society Second Sunday Concert Series.

Joining Lapin in the concert will be vocalist Michelle Amato, drummer Rick Dilling and bassist Michael Holstein.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $5 for students and free for all members of the Blowing Rock Jazz Society in good standing.

Food and drinks will be available during the show.

For more information, or to make reservations, call the Meadowbrook Inn at (828) 295-4300. For more on the Blowing Rock Jazz Society, visit

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