Aspen, CO Colorado
Larry Luchowski, 66, originally of Chicago, Ill., suddenly passed away Dec. 14, 2011 while living in Naples, Fla.
Larry was impassioned by bettering the lives of others. He did so through a life dedicated to his art of jazz piano and, before retirement, with his daily work as a co-founder of Search Developmental Center – a nonprofit organization for persons with developmental disabilities that he started with his late wife Sandra in 1968.
As a pianist and composer, Larry was an important part of the Chicago Jazz community during the years he lived there. He crossed paths with a wide range of Chicago’s most creative jazz musicians, and was widely recognized for his melodically expressive and harmonically deep sound, which was compelling and original. His recorded output includes his own CD, “Shadowplay,” and “Smiles” by Rich Corpolongo. He performed with many visiting artists who played in Chicago, including Dave Liebman, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Zoot Sims. The echoes of his laughter and intricate jazz improvisations will be soulfully missed.
Larry is survived by his second wife, Kate Frankel, as well as many loving family members and friends. In honor of his life, donations may be made to Search, Inc.; 1925 N. Clybourn Ave., Suite 200; Chicago, IL 60614.
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