Larry Mcdonald To Be Honored
From Jamaica Gleaner by Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer
When percussionist Larry McDonald released his debut album, Drumquestra, two years ago, it made the pages of several world beat and jazz publications in the United States, but very little was heard of it in Jamaica.
McDonald is bound to get some local media attention at the end of the month as one of seven persons who will be honored during the July 30 Tribute to The Greats ceremony at Curphey Place in St Andrew.
It is a rare acknowledgement for one of Jamaica’s most accomplished musicians.
Now in his 60s, McDonald lives in New York City and keeps busy playing in three bands: The Rocksteady 7, Dub Is a Weapon and Meta and the Cornerstones.
The dreadlocked journeyman has played with some of the greats, including pioneer Jamaican musicians like Count Ossie, Lennie Hibbert and Carlos Malcolm during the 1960’s.
The other recipients of Tribute to The Greats awards this year will be bandmaster at the Alpha Boys School, Neville ‘Sparrow’ Martin, guitarist Dwight Pinkney, singer Millicent Todd of Stranger and Patsy fame, music historian Herbie Miller, dance promoter Charles Simpson and sound system operator Haldane ‘Jimmy Metro’ James.