Larry Hanks is an accomplished pianist, composer, orchestrator, conductor and college professor. He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at University of Illinois at Chicago. To listen to Larry play is an opportunity to explore his soul and share in his love and compassion for music, as he brings to the stage the sum total of his life’s experiences.
Larry’s many accomplishments include scoring and conducting the orchestra for renowned Soul artists Curtis Mayfield’s and Jerry “The Iceman” Butler’s “Reunion Tour.” In the late 70’s and 80’s, he and his first writing partner, Rodney Massey penned songs recorded by nationally and internationally known artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Melba Moore, The Stylistics, The Emotions, Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble, Jerry Butler, and their own group, OMNI, hitting the Billboard charts regularly.
As a young man in his early 20s, Larry was chosen by Jerry Butler to conduct his orchestra, which consisted of a six-piece rhythm section, three background vocalists, and was often augmented by local orchestra players that would include nine horns and seven string players from various cities along the tour.
In the 90’s Larry found another writing, and ultimately life partner in Ms. Joan Collaso. They’ve traveled parts of the world, created, and played music together for the last 18 years. Larry has been the resident pianist for the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago since 1995. And in 2006 his wife, Joan Collaso became the first featured vocalist for Four Seasons, entertaining audience from every part of the globe. And if you’re in town you can bring in 2010 with Joan Collaso and The Larry Hank Orchestra at the Four Seasons’ New Years’ Eve party!