EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Modern Drummer Talks to Jonathan Barber about his Debut “Vision Ahead”

July 5, 2018Features, Interviews, Reviews

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

INTERVIEW: KCRW Interviews Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Oscar Hernández

June 25, 2018Interviews, Radio/Podcasts

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

INTERVIEW: Doing Jazz Podcast Interviews Jonathan Barber

June 16, 2018Interviews, Radio/Podcasts

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

INTERVIEW & REVIEW: Textura Interviews Jonathan Barber and Reviews his Latest Release “Vision Ahead”

May 28, 2018Features, Interviews, Reviews

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