John La Barbera's well-framed charts tantalize the ears and quicken the heart...
John P. 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, Caravan and his latest Grooveyard on Origin Records, have been met with tremendous artistic and commercial success and are on the way to becoming jazz big band standards. As co-producer and arranger for The Glenn Miller Orchestra Christmas recordings (In the Christmas Mood I & II) John has received Gold & Platinum Records and his arrangement of "Jingle Bells" from those recordings can be heard in numerous films including the Academy Award winning film La La Land. John is also the co-founder of The Diva Jazz Orchestra, the all women jazz big band established in New York City in 1992. Mr. La Barbera is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Louisville's School of Music and an international clinician/lecturer whose topics range from composing/arranging to intellectual property and copyright. Among his numerous organizational affiliations are Jazz Education Network, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NARAS, American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, and a writer/publisher member of ASCAP since 1971.
John's Sunday morning big band jazz radio show, Best Coast Jazz on WFPK, has been a mainstay on public radio for over twenty years and is streamed worldwide. He is a two-time recipient of The National Endowment for The Arts award for Jazz Composition and has served as a panelist for the NEA in the music category. His career has recently been profiled in Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience and in dozens of publications and encyclopedias. John's published works are considered standards in the field of jazz education.
Members of the John La Barbera Big Band include: Steve Wilson, Erica von Kleist , Pat La Barbera, Sam Sadigursky, Andy Gutauskas, Jaun Ruiz, John Chudoba, Brian Pareschi, Brandon Lee, Clay Jenkins, Ryan Keberle, Mike Davis, Sara Jacovino, David Taylor, Brandon Coleman, Renee Rosnes, Rufus Reid, Franks Gravis, Kiko Sebrian, and Joe La Barbera.
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