He has performed the Brahms Trio in
A minor with Daniel Barenboim and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and
has appeared at the Ravinia Festival with its music
director, Christoph Eschenbach.
Other appearances have been with
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the
Smithsonian Chamber Players.
Combs is also a jazz aficionado.
His Combs-Novak Sextet is one of the headliners at the
1999 Chicago Jazz Festival; he cut an album with jazz
clarinetist Eddie Daniels, called "Crossing the Line";
and the Chicago Reader's Ted Shen wrote that he is "a
Benny Goodman-like chameleon who can execute
breathtaking arabesques and add a touch of eloquence to
the plainest phrase."
He is a clinician for the G. Leblanc Company, which
makes the Opus II clarinets he helped to design, and the
Larry Combs models of clarinet mouthpieces.
He is married to Gail Williams, a horn professor at
Northwestern University, and retired Associate Principal
Horn of the Chicago Symphony.