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!

J.D. Allen “Bloom” European Tour

“Back to Europe I Go!” Looking forward doing another European Tour with the J.D. Allen Trio. Here are the dates….

November 17
London Jazz Fest, UK

November 19
Minsk Jazz Festival, Belarus

November 21 & 22
Duc des Lombards, Paris, France

Contact me if your area.
#drumsaroundtheworld

European Tour 2014 (October)

I will joining Jeremy Pelt “Four” as we embark this European Tour, playing new compositions.

Oct.4- Minden, Germany (Jazzclub Minden)
Oct.5- Frankfurt (Jazzkeller)
Oct.6- Antwerp, Belgium (de Hopper)
Oct.7- Weisbaden, Germany (Da Camera)
Oct.8- Paris (Duc des Lombards)
Oct. 10/11- Barcelona (Jamboree)
Oct.14- Verona, Italy
Oct.15- Marostica, Italy (Panic Jazz club)
Oct.16- Modena, Italy
Oct.17- Perugia, Italy
Oct.18- Poznan, Poland (Blue Note)
Oct.19- London, UK (Pizza Express)
Oct.20- Grenoble, France (Grenoble Jazz Festival)

Drums Around The World!!!

Moving to the Big Apple

Change is something you grow into. You may not have every question answered or every plan thought out, what matters is the desire and will you have within. Starting a new chapter in my life I am diving into the city that never sleeps.
I’m happy to call New York City my new home. To my family and friends who supported me from the beginning, I thank you. Now my dream has become my reality. This process isn’t over, it just started. It’s time to reposition myself to receive what God has for me. I’m thrilled to build new relationships, learn, and discover another side of life. Onward and Upward! Hello Harlem!