4 December 1947, New York City, New York, USA. Playing the piano from an early age, LaVerne studied extensively including periods, sometimes brief, at the Berklee College Of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. After considering other musical forms, in the early 70s he committed to jazz and joined Woody Hermans big band. He also played and sometimes recorded in jazz, post-bop and jazz rock groups with many musicians including John Abercrombie and Lee Konitz. Already gaining an international reputation, he underscored his presence on the world stage with a spell in the late 70s as a member of Stan Getzs group. During the following decade he continued to play an eclectic repertoire, working with musicians from all parts of the jazz spectrum.
In the early 90s he became better known as leader of his own small groups, recording with musicians such as Joe Lovano. He also continued his ongoing...
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