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Pat La Barbera

Born: April 7, 1944    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

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. In 1975 he joined the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, maintaining the association (with intermittent breaks) through the 1980s. He has toured Europe and Japan with both Rich and Jones, and South America with Jones....
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As a Leader


1975: Pass It On

As Sideman

With Buddy Rich
The New One 1967
Mercy, Mercy 1968
Buddy and Soul 1969
Keep The Customer Satisfied 1970
A Different Drummer 1971
Stick It 1972
Rich In London 1972
Roar Of '74 1973

With Elvin Jones
The Main Force 1976
Remembrance 1978
Brother John 1982 [1]
Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 1984
Live At Pit Inn 1985

With others
Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra 1989 (Canada)
John LaBarbera Big Band On The Wild Side 2003
(2004 Grammy Nominee)
John LaBarbera Big Band Phantasm 2005

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