La Barbera, John
John P. La Barbera is a Grammy® nominated composer/arranger whose writing spans many styles and genres. His works have been recorded and performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, and Phil Woods just to name a few. John's Grammy® nominated big band CD 'On The Wild Side' along with 'Fantazm' and his latest 'Caravan' on the Jazz Compass® label, have been met with tremendous artistic and commercial success and are on the way to becoming jazz big band standards.
As co-producer and arranger for The Glenn Miller Orchestra Christmas recordings (In The Christmas Mood I & II) John has received Gold & Platinum Records and his arrangement of 'Jingle Bells' from those recordings can be heard in the Academy Award winning film 'La La Land.' Mr. La Barbera is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Louisville's School of Music and an international clinician/lecturer. John's Sunday morning big band jazz radio show, 'Best Coast Jazz' on WFPK has been a mainstay on public radio for over twenty years and is streamed worldwide. He is a two-time recipient of The National Endowment for The Arts award for Jazz Composition and has served as a panelist for the NEA in the music category. He is also co-founder of the Diva Jazz Orchestra.
His career has recently been profiled in 'Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience' and in dozens of publications and encyclopedias. John's published works are considered standards in the field of jazz education.