Review: Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (Danny Grissett Trio)

Here is a snippet of a well written review of a performance in Kalamazoo Michigan.

Backed by the amazing talents of sidemen Joe Martin on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums….he wrote this song to cheer him up and called it “Blue J.” The work began with extended drum solo in a free-form style mimicking the random wanderings of a four-yer-old before settling in to a slow burning groove in 10/4 meter. Grissett presented a composition inspired by a Chopin etude. He explained that he has always enjoyed studying classical music and had a particular fondness for Chopin. He set this unannounced etude in an up-tempo, jazzy waltz style. Drummer Barber drove the trio into a frenzy without dominating while Martin coaxed exciting, lyric lines from his bass. Meanwhile, Grissett laid down lightning fast licks with his right hand while his left hand explored rapid-fire, syncopated chords. The piece was on fire and the rather large midday audience responded in kind!

– By Tom Evans

JD Allen “Bloom”

I am proud to present another album with JD Allen entitled “Bloom”. Along with Orrin Evans (piano) and Alexander Claffy (bass) this album displays 4 minds reaching one goal but entering in different angles.

2014 is Here!!!!

Welcome 2014.

New year.
New Attitude.
“I Am Capable.”
Time to go forth.
Change is something you grow into.
Get ready for the change.
Build Strength.
Embrace the now.
Be the Victor.

Welcome 2014.

2013 European Winter Tour with J.D. Allen Trio.

5 shows, 5 days, in 4 cities. Along with J.D. Allen and Alexander Claffy we are excited to have the opportunity to perform every night, embracing what each audience bring. In a situation like this you can only prepare while you are in the moment. Looking forward!
Check out the dates…

November 6- Jamboree (Valencia, Spain)
November 7- Jimmy Glass (Barcelona, Spain)
November 8 & 9- Duc Des Lombards (Paris, France)
November 10- Heist Op Den Berg, Belgium (Hnita-Jazz Club )

Drums Around The World!!!

Recap: 2013 Iowa City Jazz Festival

994210_10151532469947098_172685960_n-1During the summer I had a great experience performing at the 2013 Iowa City Jazz Festival with the JD Allen Trio (Alexander Claffy on Bass and myself on drums). I must say for my first time in Iowa City, the city made a good first impression. The crowd definitely brought the energy and displayed hospitality to the band. This year provided a good line-up of musicians. I must highlight two special ones. For the first time ever I played at the same festival with my teacher and good friend Eric McPherson who performed with the Fred Hersch Trio. Being able to hang with your friend and listen to their music in another state is quite enjoyable. Last but not least I met for the first time the prolific Pharaoh Sanders. After the concert I went backstage to met him which led us going back to the hotel and having diner. Yes, Pharaoh Sander treated me to dinner with him. The amount of knowledge and history he embodies to very humbling. Believe or not Mr. Sanders he is a sports fan. He expressed to me how happy he was when the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs reach game 7 in this years NBA Finals.
Experiences like this make me appreciate what I do and the artist who came before.

On July 7, saxophonist JD Allen’s trio played a set that one might expect to hear during a late-night jam session. Sans time constraints or an identifiable set list, each player went deeper inside the music, notably rising drummer Jonathan Barber. “Nothing’s premeditated,” said Barber, shortly after the boundless set. “We don’t talk before about what tunes we’re going to play. [JD] gets up there and plays a couple of notes, then we kind of figure out the tune and just go forth.”

-Shannon J. Effinger (writer for Downbeat Magazine)


970384_244941285656024_439705950_nBeing apart of the JD Allen Trio it’s a privilege to perform and help celebrate legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins with a live performance following the East Coast Premiere screening of a documentary entitled “Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes”. The screening and live performance event will both be held on October 2 at the Woodstock Playhouse at 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY.

Midwest Tour with the Eldar Djangirov Trio

I am excited to link up with Eldar Djangirov (Piano) and Mike Pope (Bass) as we gear up for an exciting tour in the Midwest.
Check out these dates and see if we are in a city near you. Be a witness and experience a highly charged concert.

oct 6: Columbia, MO; We Always Swing Jazz Series
oct 9: Cleveland, OH; Night-town
oct 10: Detroit, MI; Cliff Bells
oct 11: Chicago, IL; Andy’s Jazz Club
oct 12: Chicago, IL; Andy’s Jazz Club

Drums around the world!!!!

2013 Detroit Jazz Festival

1236316_10151835835498774_1915649636_nI will be performing at the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Saturday August 31st with the J.D. Allen Trio (5pm at the Absopure Pyramid Stage). Also at 11:30pm I will be hosting a Jam session along with J.D. Allen and David Weiss at the Marriott Hotel in the GM Building.

Newest Faculty member at The Greater Hartford Arts Academy.

The Drums Around The World Movement begins.
It will be an honor and a privilege to share experiences and build relationships at the GHAA. It is my desire to not only increase the awareness of their potential but also inspire the students to make a difference in their environment.

Jonathan Barber performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring Erykah Badu

600304_10151483367042098_178371629_nI am humble and honored to announce that I will be performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring the “1st lady of Neo-Soul” Erykah Badu…… Yes, I will be performing with Badu. June 8th & 9th, 2013 held at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.
This is definitely one of my highlights as a musicians. Conducted by Alan Pierson, composed by Ted Haerne and accompanied by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Bed-Stuy Series present “You’re causing quite a Disturbance.” This will be a groundbreaking concert that explores the scope of hip-hop-orchestral fusion. Music arranged from the album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War

“The Drum Around the World movement brings no boundaries.”