Jonathan Barber featured @ “Jazz in the House”

I am privileged to be featured on this event December 4th in my hometown Hartford, CT. I will be bringing my band and performing new music at “Jazz in the House” presented by the youth and young adult ministry of Liberty Christian Center.

I Dig Jazz Review: ……BEST CONCERT OF DETROIT GROOVES SOCIETY’S HISTORY.

THE JD ALLEN TRIO ARGUABLY PUT ON THE BEST CONCERT OF DETROIT GROOVES SOCIETY’S HISTORY

JD Allen
A group of regulars at the Detroit Groove Society house concert series was asked how the JD Allen Trio concert Sunday afternoon stacked up to other big-name performers who have played the series. The consensus was Allen’s show was among the top if not the best in the DGS’s eleven-year history. Billy Hart, George Cables, Geri Allen, and Danilo Perez are other marquee stars who have graced the series.

One DSG regular was so taken by the Allen trio’s depth and energy, he likened the show to one of John Coltrane’s live sets. Another regular posted on facebook after the concert he felt he was levitating listening to Allen blow.

The trio played on songs from Allen’s albums “Shine!,” “The Matador and the Bull,” “Grace,” and “Victory!”. The second set was heavy with material from his current recording “Graffiti”.

Allen’s trio, bassist Gregg August, and drummer Jonathan Barber, who subbed for Allen’s regular drummer Rudy Royston, plunged into the music and resurfaced for the intermission. The trio opened with an extended version of Allen’s “Sun House,” an uncharacteristic move given Allen likes to get in and out of compositions quickly.

Allen blew so mightily on “Son House” this reviewer was concerned Andy Rothman, the Detroit Groove Society’s founder and whose home the series is held, would have to hire Hanson’s to replace all the windows in the house. Allen is a dynamo on tenor who seems to have a direct line to the spirits of John Coltrane and Joe Henderson.

Allen cooled down the house with the ballad “If You Could See Me Now,” rendered so thoughtfully it could’ve made the meanest fuck weep. After buttering up the audience with the ballad, the trio moved into a litany of short compositions that clocked in around four minutes each. Every song the trio presented both sets were bonafide showstoppers.

Jonathan Barber’s drumming made the concert extra special. His busy style of drumming is akin to Elvin Jones and Ralph Peterson. Barber was the crowd favorite, and he went hard on every number as if hellbent on staying in the trio permanently.

Posted by Charles L. Latimer

Japan Tour 2015 w/ Tadataka Unno Trio

Currently at the forefront of the NY jazz scene, for the first time the Tadataka Unno Great Trio will make an appearance all over Tokyo, Japan. What makes this Trio special and original is its range of age from young to old masters.

On the bass is Art Blakey Jazz Messengers last bassist, Essiet Okon Essiet who infuses his Nigerian roots into his playing.

Completing the Trio is up-and-coming drummer that is currently the most attention drummer in New York, Jonathan Barber. This tour will be his first visit to Japan.

 
11-07 (Sat) Okazaki JazzStreet Libra Hall

11-08 (Sun) Okazaki JazzStreet Ryuumi-in

11-09 (Mon) Komagome Toyo cafe

11-11 (Wed) Obuse Bud

11-12 (Thu) Shiojiri Leysin Hall

11-13 (Fri) Okayama Renaiss Hall

11-14 (Sat) Aoyama Body & Soul

11-15 (Sun) Aoyama Body & Soul w / Raymond McMorrin

Jonathan Barber’s 26th Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash Alert!!!!
As you know I throw my birthday bash every year and it gets better and bigger. The date is Monday November 2nd at Black Eye Sally’s (350 Asylum St. Hartford, CT) starting at 8pm with a $5 cover. Joining on the stage will be Taber Gable (Fender Rhodes, Piano, keyboards) and Andrew Renfroe (Guitar and effects pedals). We will be presenting new music in a new configuration, so it’s going to be one special performance. Spread the word, come out and celebrate my birthday with me.

Jonathan Barber performs in a Special Concert: The Ana Grace Project

Saturday October 3rd at 8pm. Please join us at the beautiful new Hagman Concert Hall on the WESTSIDE campus of Western Connecticut State University for Love Wins! A Celebration of Food and Music to benefit the Ana Grace Project and the Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship. A special concert will be given by world-renowned artists Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, John Patitucci, Jonathan Barber and Jimmy Greene. A pre-concert wine and cheese reception, French cooking Q&A and a post concert book signing and dessert reception will be hosted by iconic chefs Jacques and Claudine Pépin. Special discounted price is available for WCSU students. Get your tickets now!!

Jonathan Barber Presents Jones, Jones, Jones @ Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

I am proud to present “Jones, Jones, Jones” at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club. July 28th through August 1st I am recognizing the artistry of the great drummers Papa Jo Jones, Philly Joe Jones, and Elvin Jones. Joining me is Taber Gable (Piano), Matt Dwonszyk (Bass), Andrew Renfroe (Guitar, July 28th & 29th), Josh Brunuea (Trumpet, July 30th), and Jovan Alexandre (Tenor Saxophone, July 31st & August 1st). We have prepared a special set of music that highlighted their contribution to music. Share the flyer, invite a friend, bring a date, put your Sunday’s Best on and look over Columbus Circle as we bring LIVE MUSIC.

jones jones jones dizzys poster

Hosting the “Late Night Summer Sessions”

Check me out on Monday’s at Smalls Jazz Club as I host the “Late Night Summer Sessions”. I’ll be inviting special guests to join me so you don’t want to miss these events. If you are not in the NYC area you can go online at smallsjazzclub.com and watch the performance live. Spread the word, share the flyer, come out and listen to creative music. All musicians are welcome, Our existence matters.

Smalls summer sessions

“Microphone Check”

As an artist, life is like being in a recording booth. It’s silent. You have tons of microphones around you that represent our society, culture, and individuals in your life. As the record button is pressed, you do not know who is in the other room eavesdropping on your creation. You don’t know what is being said nor the potential of the eyes and ears of those witnessing your body of work. All you have is yourself as you relish in the moment; as you share your knowledge and shine your light. Don’t hold back. Give life everything you have. You may be surprised by who’s watching you live and listening to your art; by how far your name has traveled and all of the people who’s inspiration has positively influenced your artistry.
Your gift will make room for you in unpredictable ways.
Be You.
Believe in Yourself and Trust God to do the rest.

That being said, I leave you with a thought; a question out of pure curiosity. When you make your daily walk into the world and the “record button” is pressed, what do you see, hear, sense, and think about?

It’s different from the person you’re trying to be. I’m talking about the NOW. Passion over pressure. Believe. Trust. And Continue to be a light.

Hosting Smalls Jazz Club Late Night Session (Monday’s)

I am proud to announce that I will be leading the Late Night Session at Smalls Jazz club every other Monday. Grateful for this platform. I encourage all artist and music lovers to come out and experience Live Music like no other. Be a Witness!

Welcome 2015

2014 was the year of change for me. Cutting my hair and moving to New York City put me in a position to learn more about myself and to follow my heart when making decisions. These two circumstances may seem small but how can I live out purpose on this Earth if I don’t have a full understanding of who I am. When we step out on faith, the truth is God is holding our hand the whole way. From networking with talented people, traveling to other countries, leading a band at a jazz festival, performing with incredible musicians, recording music, giving to those who are less fortunate, as well as many other things, God had blessed me in 2014. Knowing this I can truly say that 2015 is going to be better and greater. The foundation work has been laid. Now it’s time build. Out with the old in with the new! Welcome 2015!