People vs. Larsen has offered an innovative voice in the indie/blues music scenes in New York since 2012 and have established themselves as one of the "best live bands" in New York City. Emanating from a wide breath of influence centered around the blues, People vs. Larsen delivers a musical experience which infuses blues, rock, jazz and indie music, and gives audiences a powerful, soulful and uplifting experience.
People vs. Larsen released their debut self-titled record in the fall of 2012, and their second album “Loving Losing” in January of 2016. Music from both albums have been played on radio stations across the US, including KCRW in Los Angeles. “Loving Losing", the group’s second album, features the addition of renowned Crosby Stills Nash organist Todd Caldwell, and showcases the breadth of Tom Larsen's compositional and arranging prowess, as well as the ballad single Loving Losing, which is the title track of the album.
The band has played venues across New York, and continues a four year residency at the McKittrick Hotel. They have toured all over the Northeastern US, California, Southeastern United States, as well as Mexico. The group is currently working on material for a third album to be released on One Trick Dog records at the end of 2017.
Tom started People vs. Larsen in 2011, for which he is the bandleader, composer, and producer. He graduated from the Jazz Studies Program at SUNY Purchase in 2009, where he studied with jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie. He is influenced by the blues and the music of Jimi Hendrix. He has performed all over the US, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East.
Spencer Murphy graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2010 where he studied the double bass with Doug Weiss and history with Arturo O'Farrill. Since moving to NYC, he's performed with bands led by Tivon Pennicott, Aaron Parks, Myron Walden, Kenneth Salters, Melissa Aldana, Joel Frahm, and Ari Hoenig. For nearly a decade, Spencer has toured the U.S. and Europe with RnB vocalist Gabriel Garzon-Montano. He lives in Brooklyn where he maintains an active teaching studio.
Dave is a member of many different ensembles including People Vs. Larsen and Postmodern Jukebox. Dave has performed internationally including The Roundhouse in London, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Athens Music Festival.
Todd Caldwell is a New York City based piano and Hammond organ player. Originally from Texas, Todd is from a family of musicians and grew up in his father's recording studio. He has toured extensively over the last 10 years, most notably the 60's folk rock icons Crosby, Stills and Nash. In New York, in addition to recording and teaching, he can be heard playing with a variety of artists ranging from country to jazz. Todd is also a student of acclaimed jazz musician Sam Yahel.
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