Abe Laboriel Clinic
Abe Laboriel was born in Mexico City. Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at Berklee. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career. Since then, he has worked with artists as diverse as Donald Fagen, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Andy Pratt, Stevie Wonder, Hanson, Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Billy Cobham, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon, Keith Green, Alvaro Lopez and Res-Q Band, Lisa Loeb, Quincy Jones, Leo Sayer, Russ Taff, Engelbert Humperdinck, Umberto Tozzi, Ron Kenoly, Rabito, Mylène Farmer, Crystal Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Chris Isaak, Paul Jackson Jr., and Michael Jackson. When Laboriel recorded his three solo albums (Dear Friends, Guidum, and Justo & Abraham), he recruited a cast of musicians that included Alex Acuña, Al Jarreau, Jim Keltner, Phillip Bailey, and others. Laboriel was a founding member of the bands, Friendship and Koinonia. He plays live regularly with Greg Mathieson, drummer Bill Maxwell, and Justo Almario. Abraham is now in the band Open Hands with Justo Almario, Greg Mathieson, and Bill Maxwell. In 2005, Abraham was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by Berklee College of Music. His son, Abe Laboriel Jr., has toured extensively as a vocalist and drummer for Paul McCartney.