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John La Barbera

Born: November 10, 1945    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

John La Barbera

Grammy nominated composer/arranger 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. His works have been recorded and performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme', Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, and Phil Woods just to name a few. ...
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Awards:

On The Wild Side" nominated for a Grammy (R) in the large jazz instrumental category in 2004
John La Barbera Big Band Fantazm Featuring Pat La Barbera, Joe La Barbera & Clay Jenkins

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