Larry Jankowski and the Electric Orchestra performs
The Rhinelander District Library is the place to be for a musical journey with Northwoods musician Larry Jankowski. Larry will be performing with his “Electronic Orchestra,” a Yamaha HX-1 organ Wednesday Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
Fifty years ago, Larry attended a hockey game as a child. He was so taken with the organist at the Chicago Stadium that he knew he had to learn to play. His father was a professional accordion player and wanted the best teacher for his son. He found Bob Creed, who was the organist for the Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Sting, and had played with the Les Paul Orchestra.
During his high school years, Jankowski began playing publicly in restaurants, won a talent show which allowed him to be featured in a TV show, and was hired by Wurlitzer Organs to give demonstrations and teach lessons. He played local churches, ice rinks, roller rinks, and sports teams; grew in popularity and celebrity; and was asked to audition to be the organist for the Bozo’s Circus Show on TV.
Jankowski received a Yamaha HX-1 organ in 2008 and that is when “Larry Jankowski and the Electronic Orchestra” was born. This unique organ is a one of a kind in Wisconsin and a challenge to master. He has recorded seven albums, including standards, love songs, Christian, and Christmas music. In 2013 he recorded his first vocal album, titled “OK I’ll Sing!” He now lives in the Northwoods, and is a familiar performer at numerous supper clubs, resorts, country clubs, botanic gardens, art fairs, libraries, museums, assisted living centers, and for many churches from the U.P. of Michigan to Madison. All ages are welcome to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with great music. Call Rhinelander District Library at 715-365-1070 for more information.