Larry Klein is a four-time Grammy winning American record producer, musician, songwriter, and label executive. Larry has had an expansive and varied career spanning many genres from jazz to rock, pop and classical. Klein has worked with an eclectic group of legendary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Walter Becker, Luciana Souza, Melody Gardot, Pink, Seal, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Warren Zevon and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Larry Klein is a four-time Grammy winning record producer, musician, songwriter, and composer. Klein’s producing and musicianship can be heard on some of the most impactful pop and jazz albums of the past decades.
The ten-time Grammy nominated Klein (three for Producer of The Year) has produced highly regarded albums like Herbie Hancock’s 2007 Album of The Year River: The Joni Letters, which featured performances by Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Mitchell herself, and Corinne Bailey Rae. It was the first jazz recording to win that award since the Getz/Gilberto Bossa Nova classic in 1964.
Other standout recordings produced by Klein include Turbulent Indigo (Grammy Winner Best Pop Album Of The Year), Night Ride Home, and Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm by Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman’s Our Bright Future, and Melody Gardot’s three award-winning albums My One And Only Thrill, The Currency Of Man, and Sunset In The Blue. Additionally, Klein produced Kandace Springs’ albums Soul Eyes, and The Women Who Raised Me (Blue Notes Records), featuring Norah Jones, and took home the prestigious award from the Deutscher Jazzpries. Larry also produced Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project, featuring vocalists Pink, Seal, John Legend, and guitarist Jeff Beck, and two recent Grammy-nominated albums for Norwegian singer-songwriter Thomas Dybdahl.
Klein has written songs with artists such as Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Walter Becker, and Joni Mitchell, and has produced and written many songs for film and TV including the Martin Scorsese produced film Grace Of My Heart, which featured the Academy Award-nominated Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach song God Give Me Strength. He has also performed as a musician on numerous film scores including Toy Story and Scorcese’s Oscar-winning film, Raging Bull.
As a bass player, Klein has performed and recorded with iconic jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Carmen McRae, Joe Farrell, Victor Feldman, Bobby McFerrin, and many more. He has contributed to numerous pop albums with artists such as Robbie Robertson, Don Henley, Lindsey Buckingham, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams, Aaron Neville, the British alt-pop group Talk Talk, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan and many others.
In recent years, Klein’s omnivorous curiosity took him into other areas, producing two award-winning albums for Portuguese Fado star Ana Moura and an album with Chinese virtuoso pianist Lang Lang. Klein continues to be drawn to working with a broad array of artists, traversing from jazz to pop to soul to classical music.
Klein recently finished an album of Leonard Cohen songs titled Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen (Blue Note Records) which was released on Oct. 14, 2022 and consists of featured vocal performances from Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Gregory Porter, David Gray, Mavis Staples, James Taylor, Luciana Souza, Iggy Pop, Sarah McLachlan, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Klein also produced Cantar was also released in October 2022, from MacCarthur Genius fellow and Grammy-winning Cuban drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto.
In addition to his ongoing artistic and production work, Klein also enjoys sharing his wisdom with the future generation of musicians through his Master Classes and guest teaching engagements for the Berklee School of Music and Berklee Global Jazz institute in Boston.
Larry Klein is based in Los Angeles, CA.
*Credit Key: P – Producer, M – Musician, S – Songwriter