Whenever Kirk MacDonald heads up a session you can be sure you’re in for a treat.”
Planet Jazz Magazine
MacDonald & LaBarbera, Canada’s top Juno award winning saxaphonists, will perform together in this special set honouring the music of John Coltrane who remains one of the most significant saxophonists in music history.
Throughout his career, MacDonald has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed internationally.
For over thirty years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including Claude Ranger, Dave Young, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Walter Bishop Jr., Tom Harrell, Lorne Lofsky, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, John Taylor, Ron McClure, Jack DeJohnette, Mike Stern, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, Chris Potter, Glenn Ferris, Maria Schneider, Dave Grusin, Danilo Perez, Adam Rogers, Dennis Mackrel, Nancy Walker, Barry Romberg, Andre White, Rob Smith, Brian Dickinson, Denny Christianson, Bernie Senensky, Phil Nimmons, James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Humber College Faculty Ensemble.
Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 24 CDs, both as leader on his own recordings as well as on recordings by other artists. Kirk also leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19-piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers. His latest recording Vista Obscura won him a Juno in 2015 and features jazz legend Harold Mabern and special guest saxophonist Pat LaBarbera.
Kirk has been active as an educator for 27 years and is presently a full time professor at Humber College in Toronto. Kirk also acts as the Artistic Director for the “Youth Jazz Canada” project.
Before moving to Canada from the US in 1974, Pat LaBarbera toured and recorded with the Buddy Rich Big Band, of which he was a member from 1967 to 1974. During that time, he played in every major city in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Pat has performed on television shows such as Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, and Mike Douglas, and with many show business personalities such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Pat has performed and recorded consistently with Elvin Jones since 1975, playing major jazz festivals around the world. He has performed with other jazz artists such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Woody Shaw, and McCoy Tyner.
Pat has always been known for his up-tempo, Coltrane-influenced screamers, Deep In Dream shows that Stan Getz and Lester Young have also inspired him. This CD won the 2000 Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Album.
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