John LaBarbera Big Band
John La Barbera is a Grammy® nominated composer/arranger whose writing spans many styles and genres. His works have been recorded and performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, and Phil Woods just to name a few. Though his major output has been in jazz, he has had works performed and recorded for symphony orchestra, string chamber orchestra, brass quintet, and other diverse ensembles. Most recently, Mr. La Barbera was chosen from among dozens of applicants to participate in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at UCLA. As a result, John was one of sixteen composers commissioned by the JCOI to compose new works that meld jazz and symphonic music. “Morro da Babilonia” was the resulting work and was presented by the American Composers Orchestra in New York City at Columbia University’s Miller Hall. His “Drover Trilogy” for string orchestra and corno da caccia was recorded by the late Dr. Michael Tunnell and has recently been released on Centaur Records. John’s Grammy® nominated big band CD “On The Wild Side” along with “Fantazm” and his latest “Caravan” on the Jazz Compass® label, have been met with tremendous artistic and commercial success and are on the way to becoming a jazz big band standards.
John La Barbera has contributed more compositions and arrangements to Buddy Rich's band than any other writer throughout Buddy's career. At Buddy's request, John started adding to the band's repertory in early 1969 and continued until Buddy's untimely passing in 1987. This year, the centennial year of Rich's birth, John celebrates that close relationship with his big band performing compositions and arrangements most associated with Buddy's band. Along with brothers Pat & Joe, who also have had a strong relationship with Buddy and his band, John will "pull out all the stops" to give a concert with an energy and musicality befitting the "The World's Greatest Drummer," Buddy Rich