2015 Jazz Festival
March 5

The Stefan Karlsson Jazz Trio


Joe La Barbera - drums
Stefan Karlsson - piano
John Adams - bass
Trio of musicians


As individuals, these world-class jazz artists from the University of North Texas, the oldest and largest public institution jazz program in the country, have played in jazz big bands and small groups, commercial and Pop recordings, and Broadway shows. In addition to being recognized performing and recording artists, these three musicians are equally creative educators, as at home in the classroom as on the stage or in the recording studio. Their wealth of experience informs their teaching, making their presentations musically enjoyable, pertinent, and inspiring.
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Joe La Barbera

Joe La Barbera has enjoyed a long and varied career in music, a career that has taken him all over the world with some of the finest names in jazz. He is regarded by his peers as a musical drummer and a supportive accompanist. In 1978 Joe was asked to join Bill Evans in what was to become a landmark trio. Along with bassist Marc Johnson, the trio grew over a two-year period to become one of Evansí finest. After Billís untimely death in 1980, Joe joined pop singer Tony Bennett.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Joe is involved in a wide range of music locally, nationally and internationally. On the local scene he is busy with his own quintet as well as sideman duties with many well known jazz artists. Recent dates in North America include performances with Bill Mays, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker and brother Pat La Barbera.

During the last few years, Joe has toured Europe with Kenny Wheeler, Bassline (with Hein Van De Geyn and John Abercrombie) and the WDR Big Band. Most recently, he toured Japan with Lee Konitz, Europe with The West Coast All Stars and with Karrin Allyson, and South America with Bud Shank.

In 1999 along with Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse and Clay Jenkins, Joe created JazzCompass, an independent recording company dedicated to the kind of creative music that has always been close to his heart. Joe has two releases on JazzCompass, ìLiveî(JC1004) and ìMark Timeî(JC1437) which was selected one of the top 10 2003 releases in Dr. Herb Wongís Blue Chip Jazz CD Awards. He is also heard on other JazzCompass projects including brother John La Barberaís exciting new big band recording, ìOn The Wild Sideî(JC1007).

Since 1993, Joe has been on the faculty of California Institute For The Arts in Valencia, California. He is also a visiting artist at UNLV (Las Vegas), and a faculty member of the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington. In the past he has also served on the National Endowment For The Arts council in Washington D.C. and has been a guest at many other colleges as both performer and lecturer.

John Adams

As an accomplished acoustic and electric bassist, John Adams is one of the Southwest's most versatile and in-demand musicians. Adams holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where for ten years he was the jazz bass instructor. He is also active as producer, arranger, composer, music contractor, and workshop clinician. Through his “Sessionbasstracks.com” website, John provides bass parts for recording clients ranging across the US, as well as internationally in UK, Australia, Singapore, Turkey, Greece and others. He has backed and/or recorded for a wide array of artists from vocalists Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Phil Driscoll, and Wayne Watson, to jazz artists such as Woody Herman, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Joe McBride, Bobby Lyle, Carl Fontana, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, and others. His broad musical background has also included symphonic and pit/show work. Through his independent Congruent Music label, Adams has released eight highly acclaimed and widely varied CD projects, including the stunning “John and Mark’s Excellent Rock Adventure,” (2012), and which includes a unique instructional/play-along component. Adams’ jazz CD projects have received radio airplay on over 160 stations nationwide, and have been prominently featured on various online radio formats. His debut "Jump Shot" CD ('96) features New York and regional artists, and showcases John’s formidable writing skills. "Fly By Night" ('99) features an exceptional acoustic-jazz quartet in an intimate club setting, and the tasteful and sultry, "With You In Mind" CD ('01) showcases studio/jazz musicians from Dallas, Austin, and L.A. The “Live!" CD ('04) captures the intensity and variety of the group in concert performances. The “Thumbs Up,” CD (’09) is a state-of-the-art studio production with a fresh, contemporary sound, exciting originals and stunning arrangements of some surprising classics. The “Trios,” (’06) and the brand new sequel “Trios Two” (2013) projects both feature five different trio instrumentations/combinations, each with a compelling rapport.

Stefan Karlsson

A native of Sweden, Stefan came to the United States in 1984 to study at the University of North Texas.  Stefan spent six years at UNT earning bachelor and master degrees from UNT.  While at UNT he became, for three years, a member of the world renowned "One O'clock Lab Band."

After having resided in Denver, Colorado (1991-1994) and in Las Vegas, Nevada (1994-2002), fulfilling his duties as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at UNLV, Stefan was a professor in the division of jazz studies at the University of North Texas from 2002 to 2014.  He has also been part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop for eight years working as a clinician and performer.

Today, Stefan stays active as an educator and performer concertizing  and giving clinics at festivals, clubs, educational venues and conferences worldwide.  Stefan’s extensive travel has taken him both as a performer and educator to Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and throughout the United States.  His discography includes 72 recordings including eight CD projects under his own leadership.  He has been a recording artist for Justice Records, Cambria/Troppe Note Records and Bebyne.  The Bebyne label (Barcelona, Spain) released his most recent leader recording (Smilin’ Eyes- solo piano).

Since 1996, Stefan has been a member of the Eddie Gomez Trio and Quartet (including Jimmy Cobb, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Nasheet Waits, Ed Soph and Jeremy Steig) frequently touring Asia, Europe and the United States.  The group has currently recorded six CD projects. In addition to performing with the Eddie Gomez group, he has also had the opportunity to share the stage and recorded with such jazz greats as: Steve Gadd, Herb Ellis, Jim Ferguson, Lou Fischer, Carl Fontana, Tim Hagans, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Marc Johnson, Larry Koontz, Joe LaBarbera, Red Mitchell, Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Marvin ‘Smitty” Smith, Bob Sheppard, Alex Sipiagin, Ed Soph, Marvin Stamm, Harvie Swartz, Tom Warrington, Jiggs Wigham, Li Xiaochuan, Eliot Zigmund, and others

A sample of international performing venues are:  JZ Clubs and Festival (China), Blue Note Jazz Club (Fukyoka, Tokyo, and Osaka, Japan), Cotton Club (Tokyo, Japan),  Mahidol University Jazz Festival (Thailand), New Morning Jazz Club (Paris, France), Fasching Jazz Club (Stockholm, Sweden), Vierzen Jazz Festival (Vierzen, Germany), Terzo Festival Internazionale Isola D’Elba (Elba, Italy), Festival des Rencontres (Capbreton, France), Body and Soul Jazz Club (Tokyo, Japan), Star Eyes Jazz Club (Nagoya, Japan), Jazz Club Jambouree (Barcelona, Spain), Muroran Jazz Festival (Muroran, Japan), Edinburg Festival (Edinburg, Scotland), Royal Academy of Music (Stockholm, Sweden), Conservatori-Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia), and many others.

In addition Stefan has performed as accompanist for vocalists Patti Austin with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Morton Myerson Symphony Hall, Dallas, Texas) and with Monica Mancini with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Bass Symphony Hall, Fort Worth, Texas)

Further as a composer, Stefan is currently a published composer with BUG MUSIC (Hollywood, California) and his music was featured in the 1994 movie releases "Sugar Hill" (featuring Wesley Snipes), "Twenty Bucks" (featuring Christopher Loyd), and the 1997 Independent film “Strays.”   During the latter part of the 90’s – presently, Stefan's music is also frequently heard on the television series "Melrose Place," "Party of Five," “Wings” and "Homicide."

The following links are YouTube videos of Stefan’s performance .  The first link is a live trio performance with Eddie Gomez and Billy Drummond from the Mahidol University Jazz Festival in Thailand. The second link is from a trio performance at Vierzen Jazz Festival in Germany with Eddie Gomez and Duduka DaFonseca.