Jonathan Barber Performs in JAPAN October 7th-16th

Jonathan Barber makes his Third appearance in Japan October 7th-16th with Pianist Miki Hayama and Bassist Mimi Jones.

Oct. 7(fri) Pit inn / Shinjuku Tokyo
Oct. 8(sat) Body & Soul / Minami-Aoyama Tokyo
Oct. 10(mon) Le club jazz / Kyoto city
Oct. 12(wed) Left Alone / Ashiya city
Oct. 13(thu) Swing Hall / Musashino city Tokyo
Oct. 14(fri) Lifetime / Shizuoka city
Oct. 15(sat) Star eyes / Nagoya city
Oct. 16(sun) Into the blue / Machida city Tokyo

Jonathan Barber Live @ SMOKE Jazz Club

Wednesday September 14th & Thursday September 15th. Join us for the first of two nights of our midweek feature with the Jonathan Barber Quintet! Book now:

Jonathan Barber – Artist Page (drums), Godwin Louis (alto saxophone), Andrew Renfroe (guitar), Taber Gable (piano) & Matt Dwonszyk (bass).

Sets at 7, 9 & 10:30 pm. The Camille Thurman Quartet follow round midnight.

Drumming sensation Jonathan Barber leads an electrifying quintet of fellow stars in the making. A native of Hartford, Barber became a member of the Artists Collective there founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean where he studied with Rene Mclean before continuing his education at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford. Since moving to New York, he has traveled and toured nationally and internationality performing with Jimmy Greene, Erykah Badu, Wallace Roney, The Real Jeremy Pelt Fan Page, Kenny Barron, John Patitucci, Kurt Elling, Terrace Martin, Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, Larry Willis, Abraham Burton and many more. Currently, Barber continues to tour while also stepping out as a bandleader as he does with this exciting band.

Jonathan Barber joins D’Addario Company

I am happy to announce that I’m apart of the D’Addario Company. I will be endorsing Pro-Mark drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, PureSound Percussion and Percussion Accessories. Special thanks to Marco Soccoli (D’Addario A&R) on giving me this opportunity to partner with D’Addario Company and stretch my brand. Like I’ve said in the past, “It’s always a good situation when you join/partner with a company that upholds the same respect for you as you do for them.”

“D’Addario products are top of the line. Promark drumsticks has a wide variety in comfortability, durability and sensibility on getting many textures out of the drums and cymbals.
The Evans drumheads upholds an even tone. With these drums heads you don’t have to break them in. They’re ready to go fresh out the box.”

Jonathan Barber Live @ Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola April 26-30

Jonathan Barber Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
(10 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019)
April 26th-30th
April 26-27
Jovan Alexandre- Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Tucker- Trumpet
Matt Dwonszyk- Bass
Taber Gable- Piano
April 28-30
Taber Gable- Piano
Andrew Renfroe- Guitar
Joshua Crumbly- Bass
Michael Stephson- Vocals
I’ll be hosting the jam session Thursday April 28 and Saturday April 30th
Tuesday-Wednesday $5
Thursday-Friday $10
Saturday $20
Tuesday- Friday $5
Saturday $10


Jonathan Barber Hosts Late Night Session @ Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (April)

Calling forth all instrumentalist, vocalist and music lovers to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Every THURSDAY and SATURDAY night in the month of April I will be hosting a jam session after the Late Night Session band. Throughout this month Dizzy’s has lined up great bandleaders such as Gabe Schinder, Evan Sherman, Camille Thurman, and yours truly Jonathan Barber. The Late Night Session starts at 11:15pm following the jam session.
The Late Night Session dates are:
April 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th.
I want to see you there.
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Jonathan Barber Endorses Canopus Drums

When it’s your time, things will happen. For many years I wonder when is it going to be my turn not realizing that the process had to take its full course. As artists we want things to happen within the snap of our fingers but to achieve your goals it takes time and work. Now I feel blessed to announce that I endorse CANOPUS DRUMS. Not only do I admire their level of craftsmanship they put into this instrument, I know this is a good situation when you join/partner with a company who upholds the same respect for you as you do for them. I’m so excited for the future and I can’t wait dive deeper musically with Canopus Drums. I want to give a special thanks to Taxi (Canopus Artist Relations) for putting the pieces together.
Stay Tuned… Videos are coming soon.

Message to Canopus
“You can play any style of music with Canopus Drums. The Neo Vintage NV60-M1 truly lives up to its name. It has a modern and fresh look that projects an authentic vintage sound. These drums are built with quality and posses the ability to enhance a drummer’s musical voice. I am proud to be apart of the Canopus Drum Company and I plan on making many musical statements around the world with these drums.”

Jonathan Barber Artist Page (Facebook)

Check out Jonathan Barber’s new Artist Page on Facebook.

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.



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