Lawrence "Larry" David Warrilow, a prominent member of the South Florida music scene, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 18. He was 64 years old. Larry's music career began in the 1960s while at Florida State University. He gained notoriety with The Peter Graves Orchestra as a guitarist and arranger at Joe Namath's legendary night club, Bachelors III, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band had a 5-year run that included such notable musicians as Pat Metheny, Mark Colby, Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan, Dan & Neal Bonsanti, Whit Sidener, Jerry Coker and Ron Tooley. It was the addition of bassist Jaco Pastorius, pianist Alex Darqui, and drummer Bobby Economou that made a lasting impact. Larry's collaborations with Jaco on countless musical projects gradually developed into a relationship not unlike that of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, where it was often difficult to tell where one began and the other left off.
Over the years, Larry became an accomplished arranger, orchestrator and copyist, working with numerous “pop” stars, including the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, and Ziggy Marley, just to name a few. As a copyist, his penmanship is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Bee Gee's Saturday Night Fever recordings. In 1984, Larry wrote incidental music for the first episode of Miami Vice. Also in the ‘80s, he toured with Grammy winner Bob James as his sound engineer. In 2003 and 2006, Larry paid tribute to his dear friend Jaco with numerous arrangements on two award-winning Jaco Pastorius Big Band recordings for Heads Up International, Word Of Mouth Revisited and The Word Is Out. Larry's passing has impacted not only the South Florida music scene but nationally as well.
For more about Larry, please click on this link to his enhanced obituary.