22 February 1948, Mount Morris, New York, USA. The youngest of three musically active brothers, LaBarbera was taught to play drums by his father before moving on to Berklee College Of Music. In the late 60s he worked and recorded with a number of jazz musicians, including his brother Pat LaBarbera, and also showed a special aptitude for accompanying singers. After a brief stint with Woody Herman in the 70s he joined Chuck Mangione, remaining with him for four years. He then joined Bill Evans for two years and for much of the 80s was with singer Tony Bennett. A highly sophisticated, stylish and subtle player, his work with singers is light, uncluttered and always propulsive. As an accompanist to instrumentalists, he is similarly swinging and supportive.