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Drummer, Jonathan Barber, born in Hartford, CT, has been playing the drums since the age of 5. Jonathan was first introduced to the drums by his father and began nurturing his passion and talents at his family church. During his senior year of high school, Barber became a member of the Artists Collective in Hartford, CT founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean. There he studied with Master Artist, Renee Mclean, who introduced him to jazz, and its African roots and rhythms; it was at that point Jonathan knew he wanted to be a musician. He furthered his studies at the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, where he graduated Cum Laude, receiving a B.A

The Kind of Happy One

Label: QFTF
Released: 2020
Track listing: Back To Blue; Buried Giant; Lichthaus; L'Intrépide; Sad Song; The Kind Of Happy One; I Hate To Be Taken As A Stupid Person; Poppy Seed.

Legacy Holder

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Call; Find My Way; Legacy Holder; Haikus; Major; Seconds & Seasons; Son of Hartford; 29.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead: Legacy Holder

Read "Legacy Holder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Jonathan Barber's Legacy Holder is a musical missive acknowledging the history that flows before and beyond his time, the ethos of the present, and a need to bind these streams into a single/singular statement or groundwork for himself and those who will follow. It is an album built on intellect, understanding, intuition and, perhaps most ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Thomas, Joshua Redman, Marie Kruttli, Brad Mehldau and More New Releases

Read "Michael Thomas, Joshua Redman, Marie Kruttli, Brad Mehldau and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

It has been more or less a month since our last episode devoted to new and upcoming releases, so it's time to catch up as so much great music has been coming out, some of it to raise funds for worthy causes. So sit back, put your headphones on and enjoy the latest by Joshua Redman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marie Kruttli Trio: The Kind of Happy One

Read "The Kind of Happy One" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A gracious yet adventurous air of then and now hovers over, under, sideways, and down on The Kind of Happy One, Swiss pianist/composer Marie Kruttli's fourth disc. It's an expanding calm, a welcoming sense of command and form from a young artist finding her place in the music and its long heritage. Yet “Back ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Darek Oleszkiewicz: Rolls-Royce Groovin'

Read "Darek Oleszkiewicz: Rolls-Royce Groovin'" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Inspiring greatness has long been the two-word association with the grand luxury of Rolls-Royce. Britain's entry into automobile finery has thus become benchmark terminology. To hear bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz interact, navigate, and improvise with today's finest jazz musicians is to understand why he has been deemed the Rolls-Royce of the modern day upright. Carrying the torch ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery

Read "Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On her new album, Out for Delivery, Vocalist Lauren Desberg flirts boldly with today's pop sound while remaining informed by Jazz. Join Lauren and me as she talks about Japan, interludes, restaurant gigs, New Orleans, and other randomly connected inspirations. Out for Delivery features saxophonist Braxton Cook, pianist Kris Bowers, drummer Jonathan Barber, guitarist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Four Skins

Read "Four Skins" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Drummer-leaders comprise this round's selections, as Pat and Mike check out a couple of historical goodies and two more recent releases. What makes a good drummer-led date? Just how loud should the leader be miked? Why does Pat think the Rolling Stone's drummer is a closet masochist? The answers may surprise you. Ladytron and Stevie Ray ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Davis: Correlations

Read "Correlations" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Exploration and innovation may be the aspiration of modern jazz, but trombonist Steve Davis' Correlations exemplifies the fact that nothing proves more compelling than the timeless art of gathering a group of musicians who work remarkably well together. A veteran of The Jazz Messengers, One For All, and The Jazztet, Davis has a wealth of experience ...


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