Joe LaBarbera is best known for his recordings and live performances with the trio of pianist Bill Evans in the final years of Evans's career. Prior to joining Evans he worked in the quartet of Chuck Mangione. Joe began his professional career playing with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, followed by the Chuck Mangione Quartet. He then moved to New York and spent two years freelancing with a number of notable musicians, including Jim Hall, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Gary Burton, Art Pepper, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer and Toots Thielmans. In 1978, Joe joined the Bill Evans trio with bassist Marc Johnson. After Evans' death in 1980, Joe joined singer Tony Bennett. Joe has been teaching at the California Institute of the Arts since 1993 and has also served on the National Endowment for the Arts council in Washington, D.C.