February 22, 1948 |
||Mt. Morris, New York
||Drummer, composer, arranger
Joe LaBarbera (born February 22, 1948) is an American jazz drummer and composer. He is best known for his recordings and live performances with the trio of pianist Bill Evans in the final years of Evans's career. Prior to joining Evans he worked in the quartet of Chuck Mangione and Joe Farrell.
Early life 
He was born in Mt. Morris, New York, younger brother to saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, and trumpeter and arranger/composer John LaBarbera. He was formally educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Music career 
After Berklee he spent two years with the US Army band at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He began his professional career playing with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, followed by the Chuck Mangione Quartet.
He then moved to New York and spent two years freelancing with a number of notable musicians, including Jim Hall, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Gary Burton, Art Pepper, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer and Toots Thielmans.
In 1978, Joe joined the Bill Evans trio with bassist Marc Johnson. After Evans' death in 1980, Joe joined singer Tony Bennett. LaBarbera has played with jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe who described in an interview with All About Jazz reporter Fred Jung what it was like working with him:
Joe was able to give me a traditional rhythmic approach, which I sometimes really love and then other times, he is able to be very avant-garde rhythmically, not play rhythms, maybe play colors, lose the time, get it back, and be very innovative. In the sextet, that is really important because there are times in the band that we will actually play free for a little while. We won't have any tempo or any format. We're playing songs, but sometimes we stop playing the songs altogether and just play whatever we want. Joe has the maturity to do both of those things and know to splice them together. There are many great musicians that when they play free, they don't know how to get out of it and back to the music.––Bill Cunliffe
Other work 
LaBarbera currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he has been teaching at the California Institute of the Arts since 1993. LaBarbera is also on the faculty of the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington, has also served on the National Endowment for the Arts council in Washington, D.C., and has been a guest at many other colleges as both performer and lecturer.
External links 
Need to Know Rochester: Jazz Drummer Joe La Barbera
WXXI's Steve Dawe interviews world renowned drummer and composer Joe La Barbera about his musical beginnings and his upcoming performances at the 2013 Xerox ...
Eddie Gomez Trio "Solar" (Joe La Barbera drum solo) - Peperoncino Jazz Festival '11
Eddie Gomez Trio in "Solar" (Miles Davis) , Joe La Barbera drum solo, nel finale del concerto "We Love LaFaro" - Peperoncino Jazz Festival 2011 - 10* Anniver...
Bill Evans Trio - My Romance (tune3)
Iowa 1979. With Marc Johnson - bass & Joe Labarbera - drums.
Joe La Barbera Quintet "Sixth Sense"
Joe La Barbera Quintet Performs "Sixth Sense" at Vitello's in Studio City, California --- Joe La Barbera on Drums, Bill Cunliffe on Piano, Tom Warrington on ...
The Eddie Gomez Trio, Mark Kramer, Joe LaBarbera "Up with Lark" Veneto Version
Filmed in April of 2010 at The Veneto Jazz Festival in Italy. On this 10 city tour the Eddie Gomez Trio features Philadelphia Pianist Mark Kramer, as well as...
Joe La Barbera.MOV
Joe La Barbera with the Verdigris High School Jazz Band on March 23, 2010 at Rogers State College in Claremore, OK. Joe was brought in by Gretsch Drums and T...
Sixth Sense by Joe LaBarbera
A selection from Darek Oles' Faculty Ensemble at CalArts. The work entitled is "Sixth Sense" by Joe LaBarbera. Personnel- Darek Oles- Bass Evan White- Tenor ...
Randy Brecker with Pat & Joe Labarbera @ The Rex
I.A.J.E Conference 2008 THE REX HOTEL, TORONTO, ON * Randy Brecker, Trumpet * Joe Labarbera, Drums * Pat Labarbera, Saxophone * Brian Dickinson, Piano * Neil...
Joe La Barbera Quintet - E.J.'s Blues
E.J's Blues by Elvin Jones Live at Alva's Showroom January 19, 2013 ::Joe La Barbera Quintet:: Clay Jenkins - Trumpet Bob Sheppard - Tenor Saxophone Bill Cun...
Joe La Barbera Quintet Behind the Scenes -- Recording Session
The Joe La Barbera Quintet running through an early take of "Grace" by Alan Pasqua at the recording session for their new CD, "Silver Streams." Joe La Barber...
Wed, 22 May 2013 02:57:12 -0700
His quartet features two other illustrious jazz musicians: pianist Roger Kellaway and former Bill Evans drummer, Joe LaBarbera. Miles Davis acknowledged that the style of pianist Ahmad Jamal, who leaves space in his playing, had a huge influence on his ...
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:06:59 -0700
He has performed and/or recorded with many high-profile jazz artists such as Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Ira Sullivan, Mulgrew Miller, Carl Allen, Jason Miles, and Joe LaBarbera. Saturday, May 4 7:30 pm & 10 pm. Tickets $20. Ginny's Supper Club/Red ...
Thu, 02 May 2013 10:56:21 -0700
Montag, den 06.05.2013 tritt um 20;30 Uhr beim Jazzkongress im Schützen in Freiburg das Rosario Guiliani Quintet feat. Joe Locke + Joe LaBarbera auf. Er gilt als einer der frischesten und heißesten Saxofonisten der aktuellen europäischen Szene: Rosario ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:40:46 -0700
Die Band dazu: Roberto Tarenzi am Bösendorfer mit bluesigem Touch und viel Sinn für die Tradition, Daryll Hall am Bass mit soliden Fundamenten und Joe Labarbera mit jenem melodiebewussten, elastischen Groove, der ihn seit Jahrzehnten zu einem der ...
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:42:28 -0700
Eine wahre Legende sitzt mit Joe LaBarbera am Drumset. Er und Bassist Darryl Hall bereiten den rhythmischen Boden für eine reizvolle Rezeptur aus mediterraner Leichtigkeit und köchelndem Postbop. Karten gibt es unter Telefon 08431/41233, per Fax ...
Tue, 07 May 2013 06:07:18 -0700
... David Murray, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis, Roy McCurdy, John Hicks, Jon Mayer, Eddie Henderson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Carter Jefferson, Bobby Watson, Kei Akagi, Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, Charlie Shoemake, Mark Soskin, Kevin Hays, Billy Hart, ...
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