What do Frankie Beverly & Maze, Anita Baker, The Late George Duke, Boney James, Mavis Staples & The Staple Singers, Jonathan Butler, Larry Carlton, The Crusaders, Steve Perry of Journey, Alanis Morissette and many other A-List Musical Artists have in common? The answer is Bass Player, Vocalist, Songwriter and Producer, Bear Williams AKA Larry Kimpel. After graduating High School, the Chicago Native cut his teeth in the late 70's and 80's playing bass on songs by Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, and others at Brunswick, and Chi-Sound Records. Then Bear made his way out to the west coast where he spent twenty-five years living and working in Los Angeles both in the studios and on the road with many of the world's favorite recording artists. He's played on over 400 CDs and is still recording music for well-known artists today. Bear has received numerous Awards for his creative work including the Keys to the cities of Philadelphia, Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta. In 2012 Bear received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Frankie Beverly & Maze both on tour and for his contribution to the group's 1994 CD titled "Back To Basics" (Warner Bros.) The one question that gets asked all the time is... “Where did the name Bear Williams come from?” Answer: The name “Bear” came from Larry's wife and Business Partner, Dee Kimpel because he's her Big ole' Lovable “Bear” and the surname “Williams” is Larry's Late mother, Helen's Maiden name as a tribute to her memory. Put the two together, and Bear Williams as born. Now after many notable accomplishments in the music industry, Bear returns to his Chicago Blues Heritage and steps out front with his own Great Blues and Roots Music CD titled "Waters of Love" and his energetic five-song Blues Rock Follow-Up EP, "Blues Rebel". Bear's next Full-Length CD is titled, "Train To Chi-Town" due to be released in the Spring of 2021.
My Teaching Style is very balanced and Easy-Going. Learning music should be a fun, relaxed experience and I do my utmost to make my students feel at ease.
Having done master classes the bulk of my professional career, I have found that it is more effective for me as a teacher to meet each student right where they are and to treat them as individuals. Each student comes to me with a unique set of goals, problems and challenges. And so I customize individual lesson plans designed to accelerate the learning curve while at the same time giving each student valuable universal tools, concepts and skills that are applicable across the board in any genre of music.