Vocalist Bobbe Norris and pianist Larry Dunlap are two seasoned musicians who have honed their artistic talents to create unforgettable performances that are both well-crafted and spontaneous.


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Biography:
Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap

This husband-wife duo presents an exciting program of Standards from the Great American Songbook, Jazz and Brazilian music as well as original music with an intuitive communication that can only come from years of performing together. Their music is sensitively arranged and adventurous, making for performances that are full of surprises.

Bobbe Norris, originally from San Francisco, pursued a widely publicized singing career in New York where she worked the major clubs and concert halls, recorded for Columbia Records, and appeared on television on the The Ed Sullivan and Tonight shows (among others). Her skyrocketing career was strictly controlled, motivating her to step back and retire from the music until meeting Larry Dunlap, who encouraged her to get back into singing.

Bobbe is a brilliant singer who applies her dusky contralto to carefully chosen songs, some quite obscure. Longtime fan Rex Reed has written that "she reaches into a lyric like she's pulling taffy and brings out the sweetness and rich flavor of each song, discarding anything superfluous or sticky."

Larry Dunlap is an extraordinary pianist and arranger, a player with taste and sophistication. He has been praised as a "remarkable and versatile accompanist" and "one of the best jazz pianists around -- anywhere" in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle. Besides his ongoing career with Bobbe, Larry has served since 1983 as pianist for the British diva Cleo Laine and has performed an/or recorded with such luminaries as Mark Murphy, Joe Williams and Sheila Jordan as well as jazz instrumentalists Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, and Marc Johnson, to name a few.

As their numerous recordings and appearances at such venues as the Monterey and San Francisco jazz festivals have shown, together Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap offer a classy show of great music in their own style, infusing each song with romantic elegance and creative fire.


Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap:
Upcoming Performance Dates


Thursday, July 31
, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap
Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA
415.457.2993 | www.panamahotel.com

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap
The Sequoia Room at The North Coast Brewing Company
455 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
707.964.2739 | www.northcoastbrewing.com


Bobbe & Larry's newest release on Four Directions Records:
Out of Nowhere
(FD 2004)

Out of Nowhere showcases one of the great vocalists of the last 30 years, Bobbe Norris, in a program that features her dark, sultry voice on a variety of standards, jazz, and Brazilian music. Reissued worldwide by the Japanese label Celeste (2001).


"Having enjoyed Bobbe Norris vocal performances for years, finally here is a recording worthy of her marvelous talent, a reflection of her unadorned vocal perfection."
     -- John Rogers, KCSM-FM Radio


Bobbe is one of the few veteran American singers still at the top of her form. This recording contrasts the intimacy and emotion of "My Old Flame" and "Only the Lonely" with the playfulness and warmth of "Out of Nowhere" and "I'd Rather Be Here" (an original song); combining classics standards by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Sammy Cahn with less familiar songs by Matt Dennis and Brazilian composer Ivan Lins.

She's marvelously supported on this recording by Larry -- its producer, arranger and pianist -- and a band that features the cream of San Francisco's musicians: Noel Jewkes, Jeff Cressman, Eddie Marshall, John Wiitala and Frank Tusa. Bobbe is also joined by jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy in an unforgettable duet.

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New Releases from Larry Dunlap:
Fly With My Love

Fly With My Love is a new recording of compositions by the gifted Cape Verdean composer Amandio Cabral, who has recently received well-deserved fame as the composer of some of the biggest hits of singer Cesaria Evora. This is the most recent in a long list of recordings Larry has done of Amandio's music. The music fuses African and Brazilian sounds with jazz to create a seductive new sound.

Besides Larry's piano, this recording features some of California's top musicians: guitarist Steve Erquiaga (known world-wide for his solo guitar work and his years with Andy Narell), multi-woodwind player Charlie McCarthy, bassist John Shifflett and percussionists Jim Zimmerman and Kendrick Freeman. The musicianship is first-class and the bittersweet romantic sound of Mr. Cabral's compositions shines through every cut.


And Then Some

And Then Some is comprised of recent compositions by Earl Zindars, a composer and close friend of the late pianist Bill Evans. And Then Some continues the tradition of the classic jazz trio into today with groups led by Larry Dunlap and the late Don Haas, another of the Bay Area's most respected pianists.

Larry's trio includes Seward McCain, long-time musical partner, on bass, and Akira Tana (best known for the band TanaReid, which he co-leads with Rufus Reid) on drums. The communication between Larry, Seward and Akira is of the highest level and the music alternately swings and caresses each of these wonderful new pieces.

Don Haas' colleagues on the CD are bassists Bill Douglass and, on one tune, Larry Grenadier, plus drummer Scott Morris. Earl Zindars himself plays piano on a couple of the tunes. This was one of the last recordings by Haas before his untimely passing in early 2001 and is a fitting addition to his all-too-short legacy of recordings.

The contrast between the two trios is a delight, and the opportunity to hear both is a rare treat. Dunlap and Haas approach the music from different angles, but each seems perfect for the context of the music.


These recordings can be purchased by contacting Larry Dunlap at PO Box 1028, Pacifica CA 94044, or by e-mail at bobbelar@earthlink.net.

Other recordings by Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap:
  • Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap, Velas Išadas: Hoisted Sails (available on LP only)
  • Larry Dunlap, Why Not Forever (Solo Piano) (available on CD)
  • Larry Dunlap, Evolution: Cape Verde - USA (available on CD)
  • Larry Dunlap, Sonho Azul: Blue Dream (Solo Piano) (available on CD)
  • Bobbe Norris, CloseUp (Four Directions and Celeste Records)
  • Bobbe Norris, You and The Night and the Music (with Harry Allen, Kenny Baron, Ben Riley and Rufus Reed (CBS Sony Japanese release)
  • Bobbe Norris, The Beginning (Columbia Records, LP only)

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 1028, Pacifica, CA 94044
Telephone: 650.359.5996; Fax: 650.359.2314
E-mail: bobbelar@earthlink.net