October 27, 8 PM
The brother three—Joe, Pat, and John La Barbera—will perform with the Cornell University Jazz Band, under the direction of Paul Merrill, on Saturday, October 27, at 8:00 PM in Barnes Hall. The Jazz Band will play selections from two CDs by the Grammy-nominated John La Barbera Big Band, Fantazm and On the Wild Side, as well as Roman Notes, written for the Cornell band by John. Guitarist Steve Brown will join the band for Deep, a tune he penned for the Jazz Band.
John La Barbera started playing cornet when he was five years old. At the age of seven he was playing gigs with his parents and brothers Pat and Joe in the La Barbera Family Band. By the late sixties John was playing trumpet in the great Buddy Rich Orchestra. It was on that band that he developed his love for composition and arranging. He went on to play and write for many of the great big bands and is now one of the most respected composer/arrangers in the music field. Mr. La Barbera is the former Director of Jazz Ensembles at Cornell University and is now a Professor of Music at the University of Louisville.
After graduating from the famed Berklee College of Music, Pat La Barbera (alto & tenor saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer) began to make his presence felt with the best of the American big bands. Before moving to Toronto, he was already well-known for his solo work with the bands of Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, and for seven years, touring and recording as featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Buddy Rich Band throughout every major city in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Universally considered one of the world’s most exciting saxophonists, Pat LaBarbera has been among the key members of the Toronto jazz scene for the past three-plus decades.
After Berklee and two years with the U.S. Army band at Fort Dix, Joe La Barbera began his professional career with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. The Chuck Mangione Quartet followed, and then it was onto New York and a fruitful two-year period of freelancing with Jim Hall, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Gary Burton, Art Pepper, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer, and Toots Thielmans, to name just a few. In 1978 Joe was asked to join Bill Evans in what was to become a landmark trio; along with bassist Marc Johnson, the trio grew over a two-year period to become one of Evans’ finest.