Happy birthday Pat LaBarbera

April 7, 1944

Sandy’s Blues

Tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist Pat (Pascel Emmanuel) LaBarbera was born April 7, 1944 in Mt. Morris, New York.

The reedman toured with the Buddy Rich band as a soloist from 1967 to 1973.

In 1974, he moved to Toronto and in 1975 starting working with Elvin Jones.

As an educator in Canada, he’s plays an important role helping guide a new generation of Canadian sax players.

All around reed man and flutist, Pat LaBarbera began performing with big bands after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

He worked with Louis Bellson and Woody Herman, and toured and recorded extensively during a nearly seven year stint as featured tenor saxophonist with the band of legendary drummer Buddy Rich.


Joe Sullivan, trumpet & director
Pat Labarbera, tenor sax
Remi Bolduc, alto sax
Donny Kennedy, alto sax
Al Mclean, tenor sax
Andre Leroux, tenor sax
Jean Frechette, baritone sax
Dominic Rossi, trumpet
Jocelyn Lapointe, trumpet
Aron Doyle, trumpet
Dave Mossing, trumpet
Muhammed Abdul Al Khabyyr, trombone
Jean-Nicholas Trottier, trombone
Richard Gagnon, trombone
Bob Ellis, trombone bass
Andre White, piano
Alec Walkington, bass
Dave Laing, drums