Jonathan Barber wins “Up & Coming” in Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2018

“It’s only a matter of time. It brings me great excitement to announce that I won the Up & Coming category in the 2018 Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll. I would like thank everyone who voted for me. I greatly appreciate the support. Teamwork makes the dream work. Lastly I would like to thank Ken Micallef for doing a write-up on my career in the MD magazine last year.
I am honored to receive this award.

From the January 2017 issue of Modern Drummer

Q: What surprised you about the New York music scene once you arrived?

A: That I had to constantly push and play at a high level. In Hartford [Connecticut], some gigs are meaningful, others are not. But in New York you always have to bring your “A” game. You never know who’s going to be there. Even playing Smalls at 1 a.m., I’ve had Kamasi Washington, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Peter Bernstein come by to hang. The intensity you feel in New York City every day grows on you. Moving here made me a better musician.

Jonathan Barber joins Jeremy Pelt Quintet Fall Tour & Live Recording

Jeremy Pelt Quintet Fall Tour & Live Recording

Jeremy Pelt- Trumpet
Jonathan Barber- Drums
Victor Gould- Piano
Vicente Archer- Bass
Jacquelene Acevedo- Percussion

9/27- Blue Note Poznan, Poland
9/29 & 30- LIVE RECORDING!!!!!!!!Sunset-Sunside. Paris, France
10/1- Camino Jazz. Louvigny, France
10/2- Caribbean Jazz. Kiev, Ukraine
10-3- Blue Note Milan, Italy
10/4- Gregory’s Jazz Club. Rome, Italy
10/5- 12on14 Club- Warsaw, Poland
10/8- Clamores. Madrid, Spain
10/10- Jazzkeller. Frankfurt, Germany
10/11- Zig-Zag. Berlin, Germany
10/12- Jazzclub Unterfahrt. Munich, Germany
10/13- Jazzclub Singen. Singen, Germany
10/14- Zaragoza Festival. Zaragoza, Spain

Jonathan Barber’s 1st Tour as a Leader

I am thrilled to announce my 1st International Tour under my own name. This tour will be in one of my favorite places in the world….. Japan.
I shall call this tour the “Drums Around The World Tour”. Joining me is Pianist Taber Gable and Bassist Joshua Crumbly. Grateful for this opportunity to share and spread my musical voice across the world.

May 12(fri) Lifetime / Shizuoka city
May 13(sat) Body & Soul / Tokyo
May 14(sun) Le club jazz / Kyoto city
May 15(mon) Le club jazz/ Kyoto city
May 17(wed) Star eyes / Nagoya city
May 19(fri) Swing hall / Musashino city Tokyo
May 20(sat) Pit inn / Tokyo

This is just the beginning… Vision Ahead 2017
#drumsaroundtheworld

More details coming soon.

Canopus Drums, Evans Drumheads, Promark drumsticks, Sunhouse Percussion.

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 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.
Share this video and Spread the word!
‪#‎DrumsAroundTheWorld‬

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!!