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Pat La Barbera

Pat (Pascel Emmanuel) LaBarbera. Saxophonist, teacher, composer, b Mt Morris, NY, 7 Apr 1944. His first teacher was his father, Joseph, a clarinetist. His brothers are also noted jazz musicians: Joe, a drummer, and John, an arranger and composer. LaBarbera's other teachers included Joe Viola, Don Menza, and Joe Allard (saxophone), Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, and Warne Marsh (improvisation), and Bernie Piltch (flute). LaBarbera also studied arranging and composition 1964-7 at the Berklee College of Music, Boston. After travelling 1967-74 as a featured soloist (tenor saxophone) with the Buddy Rich Big Band, he made his home in 1974 in Toronto, where he has worked in local jazz clubs, big bands, and studio orchestras

Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2019
Track listing: On a Misty Night; Village Blues; 26-2; Naima; Impressions; Acknowledgement / Resolution.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quintet: Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Read "Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sometimes the name of an album can be a dead giveaway. Clearly, tenors Pat La Barbera and Kirk MacDonald, the co-leaders of this admirable quintet from north of the border, are enthusiastic admirers and champions of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane. Disciples, yes, but leagues away from slavish imitators. LaBarbera and MacDonald have strong and ...

Silent Voices

Label: Jazz Compass
Released: 2017

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: The Beat Goes On

Read "Buddy Rich: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Was Buddy Rich really “the world's greatest drummer"? The answer to that speculative question is debatable, of course, and opinions may vary, as they no doubt do on what kind of a person (or persons) he was when not weaving his particular brand of magic behind a drum kit. Buddy's remarkable talents as a drummer and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

Read "Caravan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Summoning Juan Tizol's travel-worn “Caravan" to raise the curtain on a big-band album poses a challenge for any arranger, one that John La Barbera easily brushes aside on the third recording as leader of his own ensemble. And while “Caravan" dazzles in La Barbera's capable hands, it is merely the opening salvo in a session that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

Read "Caravan" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily--and the triple-legged image on its national flag--are also known as the “Trinicria." That name translates as--and also describes--the triangular shape of the island. Whether that's a geo-historical lesson or not, the three La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe and Pat have established themselves as a most formidable familial trio in jazz history, ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA

Read "The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's an interesting phenomenon how certain families enter and distinguish themselves in this marvelous world of jazz--The Joneses, Heaths, Candolis, Royals, Breckers, Mangiones, and others. Over the last five decades--even many more if one goes farther back to when they were young children playing in the family band with Mom and Pop--the La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe ...

Take Five With Ryan Oliver

Read "Take Five With Ryan Oliver" reviewed by Ryan Oliver

Meet Ryan Oliver:Juno-nominated, Toronto-based saxophonist, Ryan Oliver honed his craft in Canada's west coast before moving to Amsterdam, Toronto, and then New York. Since returning to Toronto, he has maintained a busy schedule as one of Canada's most in-demand saxophonists. Oliver has toured in India, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada with ...

Deep In A Dream

Label: Radioland
Released: 1999


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