Pat LaBarbera

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Pat LaBarbera
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Background information
Birth namePat LaBarbera
Born (1944-04-07) April 7, 1944 (age 79)
Mt. Morris, New York
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Instrument(s)Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Pat (Pascel Emmanuel) LaBarbera (born April 7, 1944) is an American-born Canadian jazz tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist born in Mt. Morris, New York, most notable for his work as a soloist in Buddy Rich bands from 1967 to 1973.[1][2][3]

He moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1974, and is a member of the faculty at Humber College.[1][2] La Barbera began working with Elvin Jones in 1975, touring Europe with him in 1979.[3] While working with Buddy Rich, Pat also was working in groups led by Woody Herman and Louie Bellson.[4][5] Pat has also played with Carlos Santana. LaBarbera has played a major role in the development of a generation of Canadian saxophonists. In 2000, he won a Juno Award for Best Traditional Instrumental Jazz Album for Deep in a Dream.[6]

Pat is the brother of fellow musicians John LaBarbera (trumpet) and Joe LaBarbera (drums).[1][2][5]


As a leader[edit]

  • 1975: Pass It On (PM)
  • 1978: The Wizard
  • 1979: The Meeting
  • 1981: Necessary Evil
  • 1987: Virgo Dance
  • 1997: Standard Transmission (GOWI Records) with John Abercrombie, Jacek Kochan, Jim Vivian
  • 2001: From the Heart
  • 2002: Deep In A Dream
  • 2005: Crossing the Line
  • 2016: Silent Voices
  • 2018: Trane of Thought (with Kirk MacDonald)

As sideman[edit]

With Buddy Rich

With Elvin Jones

With others

  • Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra 1989 (Canada)
  • Denny Christianson and Jan Jarczyk, Goin' Places 2000 (Canada)
  • John LaBarbera Big Band, On the Wild Side 2003 (2004 Grammy Nominee)
  • John LaBarbera Big Band, "Phantasm" 2005


  1. ^ a b c "Pat Labarbera | The Boss Brass". Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Pat LaBarbera | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  3. ^ a b "Pat LaBarbera". Justin Time Records. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  4. ^ "Pat LaBarbera – Youth Jazz Canada". Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  5. ^ a b "Family is a jazz triple threat". The Toronto Star. 2009-04-08. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  6. ^ "Juno Awards reach out to music's newcomers". National Post, March 13, 2000.