Wed, Mar 11|
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead
This NYC-based rising star drummer has been touring with everyone from Pat Metheny to Nicholas Payton. Don't miss this rare chance to catch him in LA with his own group, Vision Ahead! Jonathan Barber (drums), Andrew Renfroe (guitar), Paul Cornish (piano), Matt Dwonszyk (bass) 8:00 & 9:30 | 21+
Mar 11, 2020, 8:00 PM
Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd Suite 180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead is an ascendant New York music band led by Modern Drummer’s “#1 Best Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018,” Jonathan Barber. Only 30 years old, Jonathan Barber has already worked with artists such as Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Greene, J.D. Allen, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Steve Davis the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Erykah Badu. Now, he’s now stepping out in full force as a bandleader. DownBeat magazine calls Vision Ahead’s self-titled debut album Barber’s “greatest accomplishment to date,” but make no mistake, this group is more than the Jonathan Barber Quartet; this is unmistakably “Vision Ahead,” a distinctive and close-knit group of musicians who have been working toward this moment for years. Vision Ahead offers a fresh blend of classic jazz with elements of gospel, rock, soul, and fusion that’s already attracting listeners across generations. Even when they’re playing hard—and they do reach some thrilling crescendos—this extremely dynamic band always feels impeccably sharp and in control, cool far beyond their years. Barber also shows quite a gift for pacing in his new compositions, with each song boasting a real sense of progression that’s balanced with a proper spotlight on his bandmates’ noteworthy improvisations. With strong melodic motifs and almost every extended solo accompanied by new forms or themes, Barber’s music strikes the rare balance of maintaining a clear emotional through-line while still providing each soloist a fresh foundation on which to build. The name “Vision Ahead” holds deep personal significance to Barber, as suggested in the occasional lyrics throughout the record, but it’s immediately clear that this is the sound of now. "I recognize my God given gift. Maximizing this gift to its full potential is the best thing you can do for yourself. Operating in this gift is how you give back to the world.”
Student/LA Jazz Society member
Must present a valid student ID or LA Jazz Society membership card upon arrival.