Born September 3, 1937, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
Doctor of Performing Arts - University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. 2005.
Master of Arts, Cultural Policy - State University of New York/Empire State College. 1993.
Bachelor of Science, Music Education - Indiana University/New York University, 1971.
Professor of Music, Emeritus, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, beginning 1999
Professor of Music - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1971-1999
Department Chairman & Designer/Implementer of the Undergraduate Jazz Degree Program of the Livingston College of Rutgers University Music Department, 1972-1980
National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz Panelist, 1974-1976; Panel Chairman, 1976-1978;
National Endowment for Arts National Coordinator, Jazz Artists in Schools Pilot Program, 1978-1982
Music Panelist: NY State Council on the Arts, 1987-1990; United States Information Agency, 1992; and numerous other State arts agencies (NC, PA, MI, NJ, OH) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation;
YAMAHA Silent Bass Artist;
2011 to Present: Lecturer: Jazz at Lincoln Center/Swing University
Executive Director, African American Jazz Caucus (AAJC), beginning in 2001 to the present.
2014 - MEADE LEGACY JAZZ GRIOT AWARD, JEN Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, TX;
2013 - Inducted into The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame.
2013 - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Jazz Legacy Award presented to Dr. Larry Ridley by the Honorable Congressman John Conyers (D-MI); also, Mel Watt (D-NC)& Bobby Scott (D-VA) @ The 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference (9/19/2013); Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
2012 - Inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools System- Shortridge High School Hall of Fame.
2011 - Don Redman Heritage Award presented by the Don Redman Society, Piedmont, WV, Jefferson County, WV NAACP & Harpers Ferry Historical Association.
2011 - Rutgers University/Livingston College Legacy Award, presented by the Livingston College Alumni Association.
2006 - New York City Council Proclamation (June 19, 2006) awarded to Larry Ridley by Charles Barron, Council Member, 42nd District, Brooklyn, NY.
9/16/2001 - 6/30/2002 Member Board of Directors, Madame C.J. Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis, IN
2001 - Recipient of the Howard University "Benny Golson Award".
1999 - Inducted into the Down Beat Magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame.
1998 - Inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, NYC Convention.
1997 - Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's "Living Legacy Jazz Award", Kennedy Center, Washington DC. http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/artists_programs/living_legacy/ridley.html.
Leader, Bassist and Artistic Director - the JAZZ LEGACY ENSEMBLE , 1985 to the Present.
1982 - 1987: Jazz Cultural Theater, New York City: Co-Partners: Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Jim Harrison, Frank Fuentes;
JAZZ ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Grambling College, Southern University, University of Utah, Drake University, Creighton University, Colorado College, Penn State University, Bowdoin College, Alcorn State, Bennington College, College of the Virgin Islands, University of Natal-Durban, South Africa. Madame Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis, IN - 7/1/2002 to 9/30/2002. Schomburg Center/New York Public Library - 1993 to the present.
INTERNATIONAL CONCERTS, NIGHTCLUBS, RADIO, TELEVISION, RECORDINGS: with Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Spaulding, Paul Parker, Earmon Hubbard Jr., Walt Miller, Al Plank, Conte Candoli, Dave Baker, Slide Hampton, Benny Barth, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, "Papa" Jo Jones, Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Mobley, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Josh White, Mousey Alexander, Ross Tompkins, Herbie Nichols, Al Haig, Walter Bishop Jr., Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Cozy Cole, Gus Johnson, Panama Francis, Mabel Mercer, Johnny Mathis, Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell, "The Platters", Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Leonard Bernstein, Phyllis Diller, Monk Montgomery, Trummy Young, Buddy Montgomery, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Gene Krupa, Bobby Hackett, Howard McGhee, "Giants of Jazz (Dizzy Gillespie,Sonny Stitt, Curtis Fuller, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey & LR)", "Young Giants of Jazz (Joe Henderson, Jimmy Owens, Gary Burton, Cedar Walton, Roy Haynes & LR)", Tiny Grimes, Hal "Cornbread" Singer, Don Shirley, Attila Zoller, Al Cohn, Charlie Rouse, Zoot Sims, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Mercer Ellington, Ernestine Anderson, Hazel Scott, Ray Nance, Hank Jones, Donald Byrd, Tommy Flanagan, Anita O'Day, Barry Harris, Clarence (Scobey) Strohman, Lenny McBrowne, Sun Ra, Don Friedman, Frank Strozier, Roger Humphries, Woody Shaw, Walter Perkins, Joe Henderson, Clifford Jordan, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, George Coleman, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Bud Freeman, Bill Barron, Flip Phillips, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Errol Garner, Chico Hamilton, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Coe, Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson, Buddy Parker, Earl "Fox" Walker, Earl VanRiper, Willis Kirk, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Hunt, Lanny Hartley, Roger Dickerson, Paul Plummer, John Pierce, David Young, Sonny Johnson, Freddie Waits, Clifford Jarvis, Frankie Dunlop, Dannie Richmond, Joe Chambers, Louis Hayes, Ralph Sutton, Brownie McGee, Sonny Terry, John Lewis, Louis Bellson, Lex Humphries, Leo Parker, Clifford Jordan, Ruby Braff, Cliff Lehman, Joe Newman, J.C. Moses, Edgar Bateman, Dennis Charles, Jay Cameron, Stu Martin, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Freddie Green, Bobby Donaldson, Bobby Rosengarden, Ben Riley, Charli Persip, Joe Carroll, Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar, Kenny Dorham, Milt Hinton, Slam Stewart, Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Vic Dickenson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Benny Morton, Dave McKenna, Phil Woods, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Owens, Andrew Cyrille, Buddy Tate, Don Lamond, Stan Getz, Billy Taylor, Cecil Payne, Leo Parker, Harold Cumberbatch, Red Garland, Betty Carter, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Lou Donaldson, James Moody, Red Norvo, Randy Weston, Charlie Rouse, George Benson, Richard Williams, Hobart Dotson, Hank Crawford, Booker Little, Harold Mabern, Les Taylor Jr., Marcus Belgrave, George Wein, Dave Bailey, Tal Farlow, Charles Mingus, Walter Benton, Billy Higgins, Tony Williams, Booker Ervin, Ronnie Mathews, Tommy Turrentine, Sam Dockery, Arthur Taylor Jr., Walter Davis Jr., Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, Freda Payne, Spaulding Givens, "Uncle" Ben Holiman, Willie Thomas, Albert Dailey, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Roland Hanna, Charles Greenlee, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Grachan Moncur III, Joe Williams, Al Hibbler, John Hicks, Paul Jeffries, Larry Willis, Jimmy Smith, Donald Patterson, Billy James, Sonny Phillips, Sol Gubin, Charles Toliver, Marvin Stamm, Reginald DuValle Jr., Oliver Jackson, Dorothy Donegan, Alan Dawson, Eric Dolphy, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Mundell Lowe, Curtis Fuller, Benny Green (trombonist), Cecil Young, Larry McClellan, Oscar Peterson, Urbie Green, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Bobby Thomas, Gary Bartz, Keith Copeland, Jimmy Heath, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Richard Wyands, Charles Davis, Jimmy Wormworth, Virgil Jones, Kiane Zawadi, Everett Greene, Hallie "The Comet" Bryant, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Bunky Green, Pepper Adams, Ray Chew/Alicia Keys, "Toot" Monk, ETC.