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.
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Adam Nussbaum has played with a virtual “Who’s Who” in the jazz world, including John Abercrombie, Michael & Randy Brecker, Stan Getz, and Joe Sample. He is an in-demand educator doing Clinics and Master Classes at such institutions as Berklee, NYU, the New School, and at numerous Conservatories around the world. He’s authored and produced the Art of Playing Brushes, a multi DVD offering from Hudson Music and has been involved in instrument design with Zildjian and Sonor. His new release as a leader is called The Leadbelly project. www.adamnussbaum.com
Adam Nussbaum has played with a virtual “Who’s Who” in the jazz world, including John Abercrombie, Michael & Randy Brecker, Stan Getz, and Joe Sample. He is an in-demand educator doing Clinics and Master Classes at such institutions as Berklee, NYU, the New School, and at numerous Conservatories around the world. He’s authored and produced the Art of Playing Brushes, a multi DVD offering from Hudson Music and has been involved in instrument design with Zildjian and Sonor. His new release as a leader is called The Leadbelly project. http://www.adamnussbaum.com
Bob Breithaupt is a professor of music at Capital University in Columbus, OH, one of the most recognized percussion programs in the US. He has authored print and video instructional media and presents clinics and seminars around the world. Bob has performed with jazz artists Terry Gibbs, Byron Stripling and John Pizzarelli and has held down the drum chair in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra since 1980. He won the Yamaha Legacy Award for service to percussion education in 2014 and is a past president of the Percussive Arts Society.
Billy Ward has toured or recorded with B. B. King / Robbie Robertson / The Knack / Rick Springfield / Bill Champlin / Joan Osborne / Bill Evans and Chris Whitley. He’s played on over 50 movie soundtracks, including That Thing You Do, Under Siege and Sister Act. He’s released several records as a leader and two highly acclaimed instructional videos. Billy also works as a producer and engineer in his private studio, Drum Pike, and continues to teach private students, drum clinics, and master classes. www.billyward.com
One of the most sought after Jazz and R & B Drummers of his generation, John “Lil’ John” Roberts has maintained his status in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat.
His list of credits include industry greats such as: Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Prince, Sheila E, Mary J. Blige, Janet and Michael Jackson, Elton John, Al Green, BB King, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Patti Labelle, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dog, and a host of others.
John’s television credits include Saturday Night Live, The Queen Latifah Show, and American Idol, as well as Oprah, Leno, Letterman, Ellen, Kimmel and the rest.
John works nonstop with artists such as Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Boney James, and Kirk Whalum. I caught up with him enjoying some time off at his home in Atlanta. www.liljohnroberts.com
Harvey Mason ranks among the most in-demand session drummers of all-time. He has worked with Bob James, Chick Corea, the Brecker Brothers, Lee Ritenour, and countless others. He’s the drummer on Herbie Hancock’s million-seller hit “Chameleon” which he co-composed. Harvey has recorded many albums as a leader. As a producer, he introduced the world to the band Seawind. He’s is a founding member of the contemporary jazz “supergroup ƒOURPLAY, for which he writes, plays, arranges and produces. Flip across your radio dial on any given day and you’re sure to come across a gem that Harvey Mason helped polish.