Big Circle is an instrumental trio from Madison, Wisconsin, and a recent collaboration of Rich Larson – drums, Doug White – keys, and Bob Kerwin – sax. They perform jazz standards and original compositions with elements of jazz, R&B, and pop. They are currently busy writing songs with the goal of having an all original repertoire.
Rich is originally a farm boy from southwest Wisconsin. He taught himself to play drum set during the Beatles era and has played many diverse musical styles and bands over the years. He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rich’s experience spans rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul, country and western, musical theater, jazz, and latin music, including a 20 year run playing timbales with Madisalsa, Madison’s premier salsa band. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Madison, Wisconsin and is studying how to use cajon drumming in a jazz standards setting.
Doug performs on piano, organ and synthesizer, and writes songs. He learned jazz and blues mainly by playing with others, and studied briefly with Duke Ellington and Marion McPartland and at UW-Madison and Lawrence University. He has played in a variety of settings including a 10 year stint as house pianist for the old Nadia’s Restaurant on State Street.
Bob began playing saxophone in grade school and has performed with big bands, small jazz ensembles, R&B and rock groups, symphonic bands, and saxophone quartets. Since 2013 he has played twice monthly at Delaney’s Restaurant either in a jazz duo or with his jazz quartet. He and Doug are the primary song writers of Big Circle.
Photos and recordings coming soon!