Ken Micallef, Modern Drummer Vision Ahead is not your typical young-gun-goes-for-the-jugular release. Thoughtful and expansive, informed by shimmering drumming and memorable compositions, it’s thoroughly modern in its jazz conception and attitude, and finds the twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Barber surrounding himself with former classmates from the Hartt School in Connecticut performing his material on eight of the album’s twelve … Read More
Tom Schnabel, KCRW I’ve followed the career of Oscar Hernández for over 30 years, beginning with his work as pianist and arranger for Rubén Blades’s brilliant and still-timely album Buscando America (Searching for America). Fifteen years ago, the Bronx-born Hernández founded the 13-piece outfit known as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), an incredible tropical Latin big band which has won two Grammy … Read More
Robin Lloyd, Jazz Caliente (KNKX) The Spanish Harlem Orchestra returns to Seattle’s Jazz Alley June 21-24. It’s their 15th anniversary tour, and a celebration of the release of their latest CD Anniversary. I caught up with bandleader Oscar Hernández by phone, and we talked about his early days as musician and arranger in New York, … Read More
Lorens Chuno, Doing Jazz Podcast On his debut album, Vision Ahead, Jonathan Barber delivers some very well executed original compositions. These songs have introspective origins and help shape the current path of his music group also called Vision Ahead. Join Jonathan and Lorens as he talks about Hartford, jam sessions, living in New York and … Read More
PRI’s The World with host Marco Werman – Listen Here.
Ron Schepper, Textura Five Questions with Jonathan Barber: All of us experience turning points in our lives, drummer Jonathan Barber no exception. A particularly devastating one occurred in November 2016 when the Hartford, Connecticut native learned of the death of his only brother, an event that prompted Jonathan to struggle with life’s meaning and his … Read More