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Abe Laboriel Jr.

Background information
Origin United States
Instruments Drums, percussion, vocals

Abe Laboriel Jr. is an American session musician drummer who has been recorded on many popular albums.


Early life

Laboriel is the son of bassist Abraham Laboriel, Sr.. Laboriel was mentored by well known percussionists and drummers, including Jeff Porcaro, Chester Thompson, Bill Maxwell and Alex Acuña, who had formed the band Koinonia with his father in the 1980s.

He attended the Dick Grove School of Music, studying with Peter Donald, during his junior year in high school. He also attended the Hamilton High School Academy of Music his senior year. In 1989, he was honored by the National Foundation For The Advancement Of The Arts and Down Beat magazine. He then enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1993.


Laboriel's first break as a drummer was a tour with guitarist Steve Vai. He then toured with Seal, where many record producers around Los Angeles, California saw him perform, leading to many recording sessions. Laboriel next toured with K.D. Lang for a while, where Sting saw him play with her, leading Laboriel to join Sting's touring band. The K.D. Lang connection also led Laboriel to working with Paul McCartney, including McCartney's appearance during the halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX. He also toured and recorded on studio with former Menudo member, Robi Draco Rosa on his album Vagabundo.

In addition to the artists listed above, Laboriel has also recorded and performed with artists like Crystal Lewis, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Les Paul, Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Mylène Farmer, Letters to Cleo, Kelly Clarkson and others. Lewis and Laboriel were also both a part of the Nickelodeon Television Series, Roundhouse in the 1990s.

On the side, Laboriel was part of a power trio by the name of The Raging Honkies. He is part of the collective that is Chocolate Genius, Inc.

In 2006, in the show "Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy" (in English, "Before the shadow... at Bercy"), Laboriel sang "Les Mots" (in English, "the words") in duet with Mylène Farmer (french female singer).

Abe toured with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on their 14-date American Tour in 2009 and is currently touring with Paul McCartney (Summer '09 Tour) and has been the drummer for the majority of McCartney's tours and recordings this decade.





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