KIRK MACDONALD (tenor and alto saxophonist, flutist, piccolo-player was born October 2, 1959 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He started to play the saxophone at the age of 10, after entering a high school music program to study saxophones, clarinet, flute, music theory and composition, graduating in 1977. MacDonald moved to Toronto to attend Humber College when he was 17. He studied saxophone privately with Don Palmer, Pat LaBarbera Lee Konitz, and George Coleman, and composition with Garry Dial.
MacDonald has worked with some of the finest musicians in jazz music today. Upon moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia, he received his start playing in bands led by drummer Claude Ranger and bassist Dave Young. Kirk has had long associations with guitarist Lorne Lofsky and trumpeter Sam Noto. He has also worked with Sonny Greenwich, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, Bernie Senensky, and visiting artists Ron McClure, Harold Mabern, and Walter Bishop Jr.
PAT LaBARBERA (alto & tenor saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, jazz educator) was born in Warsaw, New York on April 7, 1944, and spent the first thirty years of his life in the United States before moving to Toronto in 1974. His father taught the basics of music to Pat and his two younger brothers, John (a gifted arranger/trumpeter) and Joe (a highly accomplished drummer). He studied at the famed Berklee College of Music, and soon after graduating, began to make his presence felt with the best of the American big bands
By the time he relocated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1974, Pat LaBarbera was already well-known for his solo work with the bands of Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, and for seven years, touring and recording as featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Buddy Rich Band throughout every major city in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Universally considered one of the world’s most exciting saxophonists.
Kirk MacDonald – Tenor Sax
Pat LaBarbera – Tenor Sax
Brian Dickinson – Piano
Neil Swainson – Bass
Bob McLaren – Drums