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Final concert by legendary New York City jazz drummer

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Friday June 25th At Happy, corner Tory and Vivian Streets Legendary jazz drummer Clifford Barbaro arrived in Wellington at the beginning of June for a musician's residency. Barbaro, has spent…

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Friday June 25th
At Happy,
corner Tory and Vivian Streets

Legendary jazz drummer Clifford Barbaro arrived in Wellington at the beginning of June for a musician's residency. Barbaro, has spent June performing and recording with local musicians from all walks of jazz and Latin music, and now brings together the musicians he has performed most closely with for a final Big Band concert, Solar System.Friday June 25th
At Happy,
corner Tory and Vivian Streets

Legendary jazz drummer Clifford Barbaro arrived in Wellington at the beginning of June for a musician's residency. Barbaro, has spent June performing and recording with local musicians from all walks of jazz and Latin music, and now brings together the musicians he has performed most closely with for a final Big Band concert, Solar System.Solar System promises to be one of the year's musical highlights, with the city's finest jazz players collected in a contemporary jazz big band, something not often seen in New Zealand. The musicians have been selected by Barbaro and the night features original music composed by Barbaro and his local cohorts.

Barbaro who in his four decade professional career has performed and recorded with the likes of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Steve Lacy, Betty Carter and the Lionel Hampton Band, will also be presenting a jazz drumming workshop at Happy on the afternoon of June 25th to share his decades of experience with local musicians in a hands on environment.

A veteran of the jazz scene and a New York City native, Clifford Barbaro's combustible percussion has propelled the bands of Betty Carter, Charles Tolliver, James Carter, Sherman Irby, Lionel Hampton, John Hicks, Sun Ra, and John Hendricks, and has fuelled the explorations of the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Barbaro started early on in life studying music at home, playing the flute and various percussion instruments. He attended the Harnett School of Music in Manhattan (1966?68). In 1969 he started playing drums professionally with various Latin bands and joined the Pee Wee's House Band (Scotty Holt, Cedar Walton).

In the early 70's, Clifford Barbaro toured Japan, China and Thailand with the Lionel Hampton Band. From 1972 until 1978, he performed with Betty Carter.

He then moved to Paris (France) where he lived and played for two years.   Barbaro returned to New York in 1985 to work with Jon Hendricks. In 1988 he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra.

He currently is a member of the trio Bop Juice, which features tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama and bassist Dennis Irwin. Since 1995, Barbaro also performs and records with The New York HardBop Quintet.

For further information on Clifford Barbaro and his residency, please contact:

Noel Meek
NZIMCT Secretary
Phone. 021 156 3759

Email. noel.m@win.co.nz
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Happy
underground
cnr Vivian and Tory Streets
Little Italy
PO Box 9069
Wellington
Aotearoa
+64 4 384 1965
www.happy.net.nz

noel.m@win.co.nz
+ 64 21 156 3759

Written by

Arts Work Project

18 Jun 2004

Interests Creative Industries development