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Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead

4th June 2024, 8pm

The group’s blend of classic, swinging jazz with elements of gospel, rock, soul and fusion is a compelling showcase of Barber’s broad stylistic range as a composer and performer.

Ticket prices

£30 – £45

Line-up

JONATHAN BARBER – drums
ANDREW RENFROE – guitar
TABER GABLE – piano, keys
MATT DWONSZYK – bass
MATT KNOEGEL – saxes

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.

A first-call sideman, Barber has stepped forth as a composer and leader with his band Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead.  Even with Barber’s history of high-profile gigs (Pat Metheny, Terrence Blanchard, Nichols Payton, Gretchen Parlato, Terrace Martin) and recordings taken into consideration, DownBeat magazine gave his latest album “Legacy Holder” 4.5 stars.

His method of shaping up the music with fragmented beats, responsive polyrhythms and a surgical precision from behind the kit places him solidly in the ranks of other creative under-40 drummers on the scene today.

— Downbeat Magazine