John La Barbera Big Band | "ON THE WILD SIDE"   grammy Nominee 2004

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"ON THE WILD SIDE" grammy Nominee 2004

by John La Barbera Big Band

This 2004 GRAMMY Nominated CD (Best Large Jazz Ensemble) offers dazzling big band jazz. With guest soloist Bud Shank, featuring Pat and Joe La Barbera, and Clay Jenkins. Buddy Rich composer/arranger John La Barbera leads an all-star, studio big band
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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John La Barbera started playing cornet when he was five years old. At the age of seven he was performing with his parents and brothers Pat, and Joe in the La Barbera Family Band. His studies at the S.U.N.Y Potsdam, Berklee College, Eastman School of Music, and private study with Rayburn Wright contributed to his love of writing and strengthened his skills for a career in composition and arranging. By the late sixties John was playing trumpet and touring the world in the great Buddy Rich Orchestra. This was the beginning of his nineteen year association with Buddy as his principal composer/arranger. He went on to play and write for many renowned big bands and is now one of the most respected composer/arrangers in jazz. His works have been recorded and performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme', Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, Bill Perkins, Al Cohn and Phil Woods just to name a few. As co-producer and arranger for The Glenn Miller Orchestra Christmas recordings (In The Christmas Mood I & II) John has received Gold & Platinum Records. Mr. La Barbera is also a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed all women big band, DIVA.
Mr. La Barbera is also active as a clinician and lecturer in colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a two-time recipient of The National Endowment for The Arts award for Jazz Composition and serves as a panelist for the NEA in the music category. His career has been profiled in dozens of publications and encyclopedias, most notably the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. John's published works distributed by Kendor, Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Sierra Music, C.L. Barnhouse, Educational Programs Publications, William Allen Music, and Arrangers Publications are considered standards in the field of jazz. education.


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Jacques Emond - CKCU-FM

Great CD!
Enjoyed this CD tremendously. The writing, arranging and playing is top notch. Nice to hear the legend; Bud Shank. The CD is already in rotation on my radio show: Swing is in the Air - CKCUFM.COM Sunday 4:00PM EST.

george housby

the cd is A KNOCKOUT great arrangements terrific soloists my kind of big band jazz 5 STAR PERFORMANCE
already in my list of big band fav for 2004
best wishes
george housby

Edward Blanco,

One Monster CD with An Explosive Big Band Sound
I can truly say that without question, John La Barbera's On The Wild Side CD is one powerful exclamation of jazz music that sets this recording apart from the rest...The CD is appropriately named for you will not find mellow music here. John's arrangements and his own compositions make for plenty high energy fiery material that's made to swing...You will hear a lot of brass and a controlled explosion of melodies guaranteed to make you move.

ben tolly

top shelf
being a musician myself, I know what it takes to perform and excel, from arranging to being able to make the final result of music be exciting, accurately played, and happily communicate with the listeners...All here....


Great Big Band
This CD is very good. The musicians are all from California and New York, so this band really knows how swing. John LaBarbera has a good mix of original compositions and arrangements of older tunes by people like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and others. This a must have for any big band lover.

Gio Washington-Wright

If this CD isn't a contender for a 2004 Grammy, I'd be shocked! Amazing charts, standout soloists, and an incredible all-star ensemble make this effort a must have for any serious big band fan!