Dr. Abraham Laboriel

Bassist Dr. Abraham Laboriel is one of the most original and virtuosic musicians in the world today. His thirty year career as a first call studio session player includes countless innovative contributions to the worlds of Jazz, Pop, Latin, and Gospel music as well as Film and TV. Guitar Player magazine simply calls him, “the most widely used session bassist of our time.” His extraordinary high-energy live performances have thrilled audiences around the world.
Co-founder of the legendary groups Friendship with Lee Ritenour and Ernie Watts and Koinonia with Justo Almario and Alex Acuña, Abraham has also pursued a successful solo career with albums like Dear Friends and Guidum, Abraham has served as a skilled accompanist for over thirty years on nearly four thousand recording sessions for a diverse group of artists including Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Joe Sample, the Crusaders, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Julio Iglesias, Andrae Crouch, Deniece Williams, The Winans, Ron Kenoli, Placido Domingo, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Ziggy Marley, Olivia Newton John, Kazu and Keiko Matsui, Yumi Matsutoya, and Sadao Watanabe. His films range from Saturday Night Fever, Against All Odds, Tootsie, and Color Purple, to Forrest Gump, Mulan, Dr. Dolittle, Three Kings, The Incredibles, and The Mexican, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) named him the Most Valuable Bass Player joining Ray Brown and Chuck Domanico in that honor. He was commissioned to compose a work for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra.

Abraham was born and raised in Mexico City. His father was a gifted composer, guitarist and actor who began instructing Abraham when he was six years old. As a child and teen Abraham had a career in Mexico as an actor and performer.

Abraham graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1972 with a degree in Composition. He was honored to serve at Berklee as the Herb Alpert Visiting Professor for the year 2001-2002. He is widely in demand as visiting faculty and clinician throughout the world. Abraham was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by Berklee College of Music in September 2005.

Abraham is the proud father of Abe Laboriel Jr., and Mateo Laboriel, both also graduates of the Berklee School of Music. Abe Jr. is a talented and widely recorded drummer currently traveling with the legendary Sir Paul McCartney. Mateo is working in Los Angeles as a songwriter, producer, and film composer..

At Shepherd University, Dr. Abraham Laboriel teaches Group Performance class and private lessons.