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Abraham Laboriel

Abraham Laboriel is a world renowned bassist and the founder of the band KOINONIA. He was born and raised in Mexico City where he received his earliest musical training from his father, a gifted guitarist and composer. His first recording was at age 10 as part of a "rock and roll" group called "Los Traviesos". After performing in Mexico thru his teen years as both a musician and an actor, he moved to Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Berklee School of Music in 1972. During that time he recorded with faculty member, famed vibraphonist Gary Burton. He traveled with Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand, and Henry Mancini and moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to begin a very diverse and fruitful studio recording career. He has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including George Benson, Larry Carlton, the Crusaders, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, John Klemmer, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Pass, Joe Sample, Lalo Shifrin, Diane Schuur, Sara Vaughan, and Joe Zawinul

Take Five with Christian de Mesones

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About Christian de Mesones Christian “Big New York" de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for decades. At 18, he graduated from the world-famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician's Institute) in Hollywood, California where he studied with such greats as Abraham Laboriel, Pat Martino, and the late Tommy Tedesco. He ...

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Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City

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Kenya is noted for an extraordinary array of musical offerings yet its jazz scene has historically been quite slim. However, Nairobi-born pianist Aaron Rimbui may change that dynamic. Drawing on the musical traditions of Kenya and East Africa, Rimbui has established a singular and absolutely arresting approach to jazz piano. With several ...

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Barranquijazz Festival 2016

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Barranquijazz Festival Barranquilla, Colombia September 14-18, 2016 The success of the annual Barranquijazz Festival is a tribute to its founders--all of whom are still deeply involved as the event enters its 21st year--and their vision of what and how to present to a growing community of jazz enthusiasts in Barranquilla, ...

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Music Education Monday: Master classes with bassist Abraham Laboriel

Music Education Monday: Master classes with bassist Abraham Laboriel

This week for Music Education Monday, you can check out a couple of master classes with the veteran bassist Abraham Laboriel. Since graduating from Berklee and beginning his career in the early 1970s, the 69-year-old Laboriel (pictured) has played thousands of sessions, working on TV and film soundtracks and with top names in jazz, rock, pop, ...

Take Five WIth Viktorija Pilatovic

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Meet Viktorija Pilatovic:In October 2012, jazz singer, composer and arranger Viktorija Pilatovic, just 23 years old, performed her original composition, “We Could Solve That," with internationally renowned bassist Victor Wooten in Valencia, Spain's iconic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia performing arts complex. Her skills were quickly noticed when she arrived at Berklee Valencia ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Burghausen Jazz Festival 2013

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Burghausen Jazz Festival Burghausen, Germany March 12-17, 2013 Located almost exactly halfway along the border of the province of Bavaria (located in Germany's southeast) and Austria, the town of Burghausen might seem an odd place for a jazz festival, especially one now celebrating its 44th year. But this town of just 18,000 people, ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Steve Bailey Named Chair of Berklee's Bass Department

Berklee College of Music announces that Steve Bailey has been named chair of the college's Bass Department. Bailey, six-string fretless bass pioneer, educator, and author, begins his tenure this summer. He succeeds Rich Appleman, who retired in May 2012 after holding the position for 40 years. A partial list of Bailey's extensive recording and performance credits ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dori Caymmi New CD Release: "Inner World"

Dori Caymmi New CD Release: "Inner World"

Two Time Grammy Award Winner of “Best Latin Song and Best Latin Samba Recording”, will release a new CD via the MusicTaste label Brazilian Bossa Nova/Jazz musician Dori Caymmi will release his new album Inner World on July 14th 2009 through HoriPro Entertainment Group’s new digital record label MusicTaste. Dori Caymmi is the son of the ...


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