"Sixth Sense" by The Joe La Barbera Quintet at Vitello's December 29th, 2011.




Watch Joe's interview prior to the Festival on WXXI's "Need To Know Rochester." (click here)
All the gigs were SRO and received standing ovations. The photos below were taken by Garry Geer (except where noted).

The Quintet at the Montage.

Pat LaBarbera on soprano, with John La Barbera
conducting his Big Band.
photo by Alan Fink

Joe at The Montage

Joe, Pat and John

Joe La Barbera leading a Master Class at USC, March 2012.

4 CD-Release Party Saturday, April 17, 2010 – Robbie's House of Jazz, Webster Groves, MO

Jazz Compass congratulates Bill Cunliffe for his 2010 Grammy Award: Best Arrangement for Large Ensemble – "West Side Story" from The Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson.
Way to go Bill!

Joe La Barbera was in Andy Waterman's studio in Chatsworth the morning after his quintet played a couple great sets at Charlie O's in Van Nuys. Play it, record it, mix it, press it – get it into our hands. We can't wait to hear the final tracks!

Clay Jenkins is digging the sound of a track he and the band just laid down. On hand for Clay's new CD are Kim Richmond, Larry Koonse, Tom Warrington, Joe La Barbera and Talley Sherwood. New music in a new studio. Very cool stuff.



with Bill Mays and Mattias Svensson

100 Gold Fingers Tour in Japan

Benny Green and Joe

Joe and Cedar Walton

Joe and Junior Mance at wrap party

Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw and Joe

Jazz Baltica 2008

Joe performed at Jazz Baltica this year, located in beautiful Salzau, Germany. Headliners included Hank Jones,Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, Joe Lovano and the Joe Locke Quartet. The Quartet performed with guest Rosario Guiliani on Alto Sax at the finale concert to a standing ovation. Joe La Barbera also performed with Don Freidman/Gary Smulyan Quartet with Martin Wind on bass to a capacity crowd and another standing ovation. This was followed by a saxophone summit where the quartet was joined by Joe Lovano, Bunky Green, Johannes Enders, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Scott Robinson and many more great saxophonists.

the Jazz Baltica site

Joe w/ Gary Smulyan

Jay Anderson, Joe, Joe Locke, Joe Lovano and Bill Mays

Rochester International Jazz Festival

The Joe La Barbera Quintet played two sold out performances at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Joe with Hank Jones at the Blue Note.

Joe La Barbera performs with Dewey Redman and Darek Oles at Claremont College

Joe with Kenny Werner.

Bud Shank, Bob Magusson and Joe at the IAJE.

Joe La Barbera with Andy McGee and Joe Lovano at the Woody Herman Rededication ceremony at Hollywood Forever.

Tom Warrington gigs

Tom Warrington Trio tour of New Zealand March, 2005

Tom Warrington Trio tour of New Zealand March, 2005

The Blue Chip New Zealand LA-NZ Jazz Connection. This tour featured Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse and Joe La Barbera from the USA; and Rodger Fox, Brian Smith and Erna Ferry from New Zealand.

Tour dates were: Auckland, March 16; New Plymouth, March 17; Napier, March 18; Palmerston North, March 19; Nelson, March 20; Christchurch, March 22; Wellington, March 23; and Tauranga, March 26th.


Tom Warrington Trio tour of New Zealand
The Trio's 2004 performance and workshop tour of New Zealand. Click here or on the image at left to see more.

CD Release Party
March 15th, 2004, there was a CD Release Party at the new Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. John La Barbera Big Band and The Steve Houghton Quintet played to a packed house. Click here or on the image at left to see photos.


Click here to see the photos from the first Jazz Compass CD release party at the Catalina Bar and Grill. The show featured the bands that performed on the first four Jazz Compass CDs (with some slight adjustments.). The performers included Clay Jenkins, Larry Koonse, Joe La Barbera, Tom Warrington, Alan Pasqua, Kendall Kay, Bob Sheppard, and David Roitstein.