THE JOE LABARBERA QUINTET
Saturday, December 14, 3-5pm
Woodside Priory Rothrock Performance Hall
PAJA’s artistic director Herb Wong has invited this Los Angeles-based all-star quintet to the Bay Area for a special concert, which will include a Buddy Rich tribute.
JOE LABARBERA is a world-renowned jazz drummer who has performed with just about everyone in the jazz world (think Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, the Bill Evans Trio, Bud Shank, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur) and this quintet is creating a great deal of buzz in the music scene. Joe is on the faculty of California Institute For the Arts in Valencia, CA.
Pianist BILL CUNLIFFE is another artist who has played with everyone, in particular Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, et al. As a composer, he’s received five Grammy nominations, winning for best instrumental arrangement in 2009. He is also a jazz studies professor at Cal State Fullerton.
CLAY JENKINS on trumpet is one of those North Texas State grads—that jazz program which has produced so many great players. His first gig upon completing his studies was the jazz trumpet chair with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He has since performed with Clayton/Hamilton, Lennie Niehaus, Bill Perkins, Milt Jackson, and many more. He is Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Saxophonist BOB SHEPPARD is much in demand and has collaborated with Kurt Elling, Manhattan Transfer, Billy Childs, Chick Corea, Peter Erskine (he appeared with Erskine at the Stanford festival a year ago), et al. He has been an educator at the University of Southern California.
TOM WARRINGTON is the group’s bassist, one of the busiest bass players in the L.A. area. He was in the Buddy Rich big band and later worked with Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Jones, Denny Zeitlin, Mose Allison, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, and many more. He is a faculty member at University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Tickets for the event are $35 general admission, $30 to PAJA members (2 maximum), $15 students. They are available by mail from Ed Fox, PAJA Tickets, 294 Tennessee Lane, Palo Alto 94306, or will be available after November 1 at these outlets: Peninsula Music and Repair, 4333 El Camino Real (upstairs), Palo Alto; The Record Man, 1322 El Camino Real, Redwood City; and Vinyl Solutions, 151 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo. Cash or check only.
Co-sponsors: KCSM Jazz 91.1 and the Palo Alto Adult School
Concert information: Harvey Mittler, Event Chair: Harvey.firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: From 280, exit Page Mill Road toward Palo Alto. Left at Junipero Serra (top of hill), turn left on Alpine Road (big intersection), Right on Portola Road—then it’s about a half mile on the right.
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