Joe LaBarbera hails from a musical family. His siblings Pat and John are also mainstays on the jazz scene. Joe He was formally educated at the Berklee College of Music where he was noticed by Chuck Mangione and Woody Herman. His subsequent move to NewYork led to work with established jazz headliners Jim Hall, Phil Woods, and Gary Burton. In 1978 Joe joined the great Bill Evans trio and remained until Evan’s death. He now lives in L.A. where he has been teaching at Cal-Arts since 1993. Joe is on the faculty of the long-standing Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Council in Washington, D.C., and has been a guest at many other colleges as both performer and lecturer.