Pat LaBarbera

PAT LABARBERA (alto & tenor saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, jazz educator) was born in Warsaw, New York on April 7, 1944, & spent the first thirty years of his life in the United States before moving to Toronto in 1974. He studied at the famed Berklee College of Music, & began to make his presence felt with the best of the American big bands. By the time he relocated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1974, Pat was already well-known for his solo work with the bands of Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, & for touring & recording as featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Buddy Rich Band throughout every major city in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Universally considered one of the world’s most exciting saxophonists. He has performed & recorded with Elvin Jones since 1975, appearing at premier jazz festivals all over the world. After a brief hiatus, he rejoined Elvin Jones’ ‘Time Machine’ in 2001 to perform & tour internationally for the next two years. LaBarbera has played on every major network television show including The Ed Sullivan Show & Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show several times. He has worked with the biggest entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea, Woody Shaw, & McCoy Tyner. Called ‘a true intellectual of improvisation’ by Justin Time Records, Pat LaBarbera has been among the key members of the Toronto jazz scene for the past three-plus decades, claiming Junos & ‘Jazz Report’ Awards for writing & performing with his own jazz ensembles all along the way. His album, Deep in a Dream, won the 2000 Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Album.