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.
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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

“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.