Born and raised in New York City, Larry Bustamante is an aspiring baritone saxophonist with a powerful sound and a unique approach to music. Growing up as a first generation Peruvian-American, Larry was exposed to wide range of different styles of music and art. He started on the clarinet and bass clarinet in middle school, but it was when he went to Susan E. Wagner High School that he finally picked up the baritone sax. He know attends Brooklyn College majoring in Music Education. During his time at Brooklyn College, he was awarded the Brooklyn College Alumni Association Award and the Robert Starer Performance Award.
Larry has studied saxophone with Salim Washington, Paul Corn, JD Parran, Jason Marshall, Alex Harding, and Hamiet Bluiett. Larry has also studied composition with Arturo O'Farrill and Vince Peterson. Larry has been playing in the New York City scene since the age of 18. Since then, he has played with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Vincent Herring, Jason Marshall, Arturo O'Farrill, Jay Rodriguez, Bob Crenshaw, and Warren Smith.
As an educator, Larry has been giving private lessons all around New York City. He has worked with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and the In Performance Music Workshop. As a future music teacher, Larry is always looking for opportunities to teach music and is constantly working on trying to improve his teaching.