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Larry Bunker


A versatile studio room musician who’s skilled on all sorts of percussion, Larry Bunker’s primary significance to jazz continues to be being a drummer and vibraphonist. He was an associate from the Gerry Mulligan Quartet in 1953 (changing Chico Hamilton) and primarily worked within the studios but surfaced within the jazz globe for organizations with Stan Getz, Warne Marsh, Clare Fischer, Gary Burton, Dizzy Gillespie & most considerably as an associate of the Costs Evans Trio (1963-65), producing occasional recordings within a jazz placing through the years. Larry Bunker’s just opportunities to business lead his own music group on record led to three obscure albums within a 1963 quartet that included Gary Burton; one arrived on Vault as well as the other two made an appearance as Japanese Interplay CDs.

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Full Name Larry Bunker
Died March 8, 2005, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Drummer
Music Songs My Foolish Heart, I Loves You, Porgy, Nardis, Peri's Scope, My Romance, Gloria's Step, Nirvana, Alice in Wonderland, Jade Visions, Seascape, I Love You, The Peacocks, In Your Own Sweet Way, A House Is Not a Home, Beautiful Love, Isn't It Romantic?, You and the Night and the Music, I Should Care, All of You, Funkallero, Waltz for Debby, The Lamp Is Low, If You Could See Me Now, The Boy Next Door, There'll Never Be Another You, Witchcraft, Lover Man, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Nobody Else but Me, Moonlight in Vermont, Freeway, Willow Weep for Me
Albums Trio '65, At Shelly's Manne-Hole, Jazz for Relaxation, Encounter Near Venus

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1 American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist. A member of the Bill Evans Trio in the mid-1960s, he also played timpani with the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra.
2 The Gerry Mulligan Quartet had been in existence for only a few months when in 1953 Bunker replaced its drummer Chico Hamilton. Bunker moved into a band that included Mulligan, his trumpeter Chet Baker, Evans, and Art Pepper.
3 During the Sixties he played jazz as a sideman in Los Angeles with groups led by Bud Shank, Pete Jolly and Clare Fischer. He toured Australia backing Judy Garland in 1964 and in 1965 Japan with Stan Getz.
4 The Pianist Bill Evans had a huge influence in the jazz fraternity and particularly on the drummer Larry Bunker. Bunker seems to have taken it calmly in 1963 when Evans, who was playing a couple of weeks at a club in Bunker's home town of Los Angeles, called the drummer over from his seat at the bar and asked him to make up a trio.
5 Jazz drummer and longtime movie studio percussionist. First film was Stalag 17 (1953); last was The Incredibles (2004).

Music Department

Music Department

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special musician: percussion - uncredited
The Incredibles 2004 musician: percussion - uncredited
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 musician: percussion - uncredited
Ice Age 2002 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Truth About Cats & Dogs 1996 musician: percussion, jazz group
Beetlejuice 1988 musician: percussion - uncredited
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 musician: percussion - uncredited
Gremlins 1984 musician: percussion - uncredited
Testament 1983 musician: percussion - uncredited
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 musician: percussion - uncredited
Poltergeist 1982 musician: percussion - uncredited
Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn 1982 TV Movie musician: percussion - uncredited
One from the Heart 1981 musician: drums
Time After Time 1979 musician: percussion - uncredited
North Dallas Forty 1979 musician: percussion - uncredited
Escape from Alcatraz 1979 musician: percussion - uncredited
Big Wednesday 1978 musician: percussion - uncredited
Telefon 1977 musician: percussion - uncredited
Demon Seed 1977 musician: percussion - uncredited
Black Sunday 1977 musician: percussion - uncredited
Islands in the Stream 1977 musician: percussion - uncredited
Raid on Entebbe 1976 TV Movie musician: percussion - uncredited
Marathon Man 1976 musician: percussion - uncredited
Logan's Run 1976 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Big Bus 1976 musician: percussion - uncredited
All the President's Men 1976 musician: percussion - uncredited
Babe 1975 TV Movie musician: drums - uncredited
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold 1975 musician: drums - uncredited
A Boy and His Dog 1975 musician
The Towering Inferno 1974 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974 musician: percussion - uncredited
Winter Kill 1974 TV Movie musician: percussion - uncredited
Shaft 1973 TV Series musician - 1 episode
The Outfit 1973 musician: percussion - uncredited
Enter the Dragon 1973 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 1973 musician: drums - uncredited
Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973 musician: percussion - uncredited
Hawkins 1973 TV Series musician - 1 episode
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Wrath of God 1972 musician: percussion - uncredited
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 musician: percussion - uncredited
Two Is a Happy Number 1972 musician: percussion - uncredited
Shaft's Big Score! 1972 musician: drums - uncredited
Duel 1971 TV Movie musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary musician: drums - uncredited
Wild Rovers 1971 musician: percussion - uncredited
THX 1138 1971 musician: percussion - uncredited
Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 musician: drums - uncredited
Kelly's Heroes 1970 musician: drums - uncredited
Zig Zag 1970 musician: drums - uncredited
Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 musician: drums - uncredited
Hunters Are for Killing 1970 TV Movie musician: percussion - uncredited
Patton 1970 musician: drums - uncredited
100 Rifles 1969 musician: drums - uncredited
The Illustrated Man 1969 musician: percussion - uncredited
Hellfighters 1968 musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968/I musician: drums - uncredited
Ice Station Zebra 1968 musician: drums - uncredited
Bullitt 1968 musician - uncredited
The Split 1968 musician: drums - uncredited
Planet of the Apes 1968 musician: percussion - uncredited
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
A Guide for the Married Man 1967 musician: drums - uncredited
The Scorpio Letters 1967 TV Movie musician: drums - uncredited
Penelope 1966 musician: drums - uncredited
Not with My Wife, You Don't! 1966 musician: percussion - uncredited
Inside Daisy Clover 1965 musician: drums - uncredited
The Americanization of Emily 1964 musician: drums - uncredited
Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1964 musician: drums - uncredited
Rhino! 1964 musician: drums - uncredited
7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1964 musician: drums - uncredited
Seven Days in May 1964 musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
Charade 1963 musician: vibes - uncredited
Rampage 1963 musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
Toys in the Attic 1963 musician: percussion - uncredited
Drums of Africa 1963 musician: percussion - uncredited
Days of Wine and Roses 1962 musician: vibes - uncredited
Frankly Jazz 1962 TV Series musician - 1 episode
Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 musician: drums - uncredited
Hell Is for Heroes 1962 musician: percussion - uncredited
Hatari! 1962 musician: vibes - uncredited
Marco Polo 1962/I musician: percussion - US version, uncredited
Too Late Blues 1961 musician: vibes - uncredited
Bachelor in Paradise 1961 musician: drums - uncredited
Master of the World 1961 musician: percussion - uncredited
Peter Gunn 1958-1959 TV Series musician - 38 episodes
Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 musican: drums - uncredited
Stalag 17 1953 musician: percussion - uncredited



Still Breathing 1997 performer: "Harlem Nocturne"
One from the Heart 1981 performer: "The Tango"
Too Late Blues 1961 music: "The Rim Shot Heard 'Round the World", "Mother Time Juke Box"
Peter Gunn TV Series music - 38 episodes, 1958 - 1959 performer - 1 episode, 1958



In the Mood 1987 executive producer



Frankly Jazz 1962 TV Series Himself
Jazz Scene USA 1962 TV Series Himself - Jazz Musician (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
Peter Gunn 1958 TV Series Himself

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