Abraham Laboriel



Abraham Laboriel is a world renowned bassist and the founder of the band KOINONIA. He was born and raised in Mexico City where he received his earliest musical training from his father, a gifted guitarist and composer. His first recording was at age 10 as part of a "rock and roll" group called "Los Traviesos". After performing in Mexico thru his teen years as both a musician and an actor, he moved to Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Berklee School of Music in 1972. During that time he recorded with faculty member, famed vibraphonist Gary Burton. He traveled with Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand, and Henry Mancini and moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to begin a very diverse and fruitful studio recording career.

He has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including George Benson, Larry Carlton, the Crusaders, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, John Klemmer, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Pass, Joe Sample, Lalo Shifrin, Diane Schuur, Sara Vaughan, and Joe Zawinul. He recorded with Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, and Alex Acuna in a band called "Friendship" and has continued to record and travel with Lee and Dave Grusin for GRP Records. He also has been much in demand for work with artists like Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, Robbie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Ruben Blades and countless others. He was in fact voted by his peers in the LA Chapter of NARAS as the "Most Valuable Player" in the Bass chair for the three years in a row, joining Ray Brown and Chuck Domanico in that honor.

Credits
Jazz				POP		Selected Film Credits


George Benson		Herb Alpert		A Fine Mess
Gary Burton		Chet Atkins		Against All Odds
Larry Carlton		Bert Bachrach		Color Purple
Billy Cobham		Joan Baez		Fletch
Chick Corea		Stephen Bishop		Ishtar
Randy Crawford		Ruben Blades		Jo Jo Dancer
The Crusaders		Debbie Boone		Nine to Five
George Duke		Roberto Carlos		Outrageous Fortune
Victor Feldman		Peter Cetera		Pretty in Pink
Ella Fitzgerald		Christopher Cross	Splash
Friendship		DeBarge			Sudden Impact
Steve Gadd		Placido Domingo		Terms of Endearment
Stan Getz		DJavan			The Champ
Gilberto Gil		Sheena Easton		Tootsie
Joao Gilberto		Donald Fagen(Steely Dan) 48 Hours
Dave Grusin		Jose Feliciano		White Nights
Don Grusin		Aretha Franklin
Herbie Hancock		Amy Grant
Freddie Hubbard		James Ingraham
Al Jarreau		Julio Iglesias
John Klemmer		Chaka Khan
Michel Legrand		Gladys Knight
Manhattan Transfer	Dr. John
Kazu matsui		Elton John
Claus Ogerman		Quincy Jones
Joe Pass		Jose Jose
Paulinho DaCosta	Patti Labelle
Lee Ritenour		Michel Legrand
Joe Sample		Ivan Lins
Lalo Schifrin		Kenny Loggins
Dianne Schuur		Mellissa Manchester
Jimmie Smith		Henry Mancini
Tania Maria		Johnny Mathis
Clark Terry		Michael McDonald
Sadao Watanabe		Sergio Mendez
Ernie Watts		Olivia Newton-John
Nancy Wilson		Michael Omartian
Yutaka Yokokura		Jeffrey Osborne
Joe Zawinul		Dolly Parton
			Minnie Riperton
			Lionel Richie
			Robbie Robertson
			Kenny Rogers
			Diana Ross
			Patrice Rushen
			Leo Sayer
			Tom Scott
			Barbara Streisand
			Jennifer Warnes
			Dionne Warwick
			Stevie Wonder