Friday, October 9th, 2015NJW Nashville Jazz Workshop with Kevin Whalum

Legendary jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke once described vocalist Kevin Whalum as "butter," and that's about the best depiction I've heard. Whether covering soul, jazz, scat or gospel, Whalum's smooth, sweet voice (think of Will Downing as a tenor) makes him one of the most exciting artists on the scene!

Sunday, September 20th, 2015performing special reprise of NJW Billy Strayhorn performance @ TSU

Jazz On The Move at TSU - The Life and Music of Billy Strayhorn

On Sunday, September 20 at 3pm, the Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with the next installment in the popular Jazz on the Move series. This month's program is a lecture/performance on The Life and Music of Billy Strayhorn, presented by vocalist Kevin Whalum and the NJW All-Stars, featuring George Tidwell (trumpet), Denis Solee (sax), Roland Barber (trombone), Lori Mechem (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), and Chester Thompson (drums), and an original script on the life of Strayhorn, written by Don O. Henry.

Thursday, September 10th, 2015Mike Hicks

backing up Nashville soul star Mike Hicks!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015teaching at Vanderbilt, Blair School of Music, Blair Big Band

excited to be working with the trombonists at Blair School of Music coming up!

Friday, September 4th, 2015playing trombone with Peter Cetera, Chicago, Paramount Theater

With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Penning and singing lead vocals on Chicago’s first No. 1 single “If You Leave Me Now," Peter propelled the group into the worldwide spotlight. His power ballads like “Baby, What a Big Surprise" and "Hard to Say I’m Sorry" drove Chicago to become one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time, second only to The Beach Boys.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012Howard Fishman East Coast tour Nov 1 - 6

11/1 Brooklyn, 11/2 Brooklyn, 11/3 Wilmington, DE,
11/4 Reston, VA, 11/5 NYC

Sunday, October 21st, 2012Jeff Steinberg Orchestra

I'll be playing with an all star cast of Nashville's Jazz Talent, including Rahsaan Barber, Rod McGaha, Jeff Coffin and others at the Nashville Jazz Workshop's Fall Fundraiser. 6pm - 8 pm


6 - 10 pm, details to come!


VERY EXCITED to return to the Carnegie Hall stage. I'll be playing trombone with the Grammy Award Winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra under the artistic direction of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield! Hosted by Soledad O'Brien, this show will be a pinnacle of 2012 for me - featuring a line up including Branford Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Aaron Neville.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012Chamber Jazz at citizen!

afterwork jazz set featuring Max Abrams Quartet at Citizen (underneath Virago) from 6 - 8 pm in Nashville

Saturday, August 25th, 2012MEGAPHONES are BLAZIN' - Wooten will be gettin' funky!

hip hop brass band

opening for "The Hands of Soul" Joe Wooten.

Nashville, at the Rutledge.

I'll be playing in both!

Friday, August 17th, 2012Salsa in Clarksville at APSU Mon 9/17 and Fri 9/21

A week long celebration of Hispanic Culture includes two salsa performances, under the baton of German Baretto y Jimmy Bonilla!

GB - 11 AM sep 17
JB - 5pm - APSU

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012Live from Citizen in Nashville

Acoustic jazz in a beautiful setting...
THIS IS A PRIVATE GIG, but I have some space reserved on the guest list...

Friday, August 3rd, 2012with Mike Hicks (of Keb Mo's band)

Village Church in East Nasvhille, 800pm

Friday, August 3rd, 2012playing keys at the Church at Antioch Fall Fun Fest

I'll be playing keys on the worship team at the Church at Antioch's Fall Fun Fest - also, come hear Edwin Santiago's jazz combo! 11am to 2 pm, Free!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012performing with Howard Fishman and the Biting Fish Brass Band

Seriously artistic and funky brass band featuring Howard Fishman, Etienne Charles, Kenny Bentley and others....

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012swingin' with the Harlem Rennasiance Orchestra!

Live from Lincoln Center, NYC!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012in the studio with Imer Santiago

in the studio with my man, Imer Santiago

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012performing with the Max Abrams Quintet

A few hours of jazz set the mood with an exploration of all things wise and fine about the lady known as "Jazz"...Max Abrams has a lyrical, evocative tone on the tenor, managing to both search and find seemlessly. Add to that a unique approach and variety in phrasing, and excellent expressivity, and you get quite a fine player. Think Getz meets Joshua Redman meets Gary Bartz...and Jon Estes upright bass is pure, lean and witty. Estes style marries the authority and responsibility of his role of harmonic foundation to a keen artistic wit and sensitivity. A pleasure to play standards and originals with such remarkable players.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012guest artist with El Movimiento

special guest performer with Nashville's own El Movimiento - regular offering musical journeys across Latin America, featuring gifted improvisations, rhythms that make it hard to keep your seat, and passionate, globally minded music.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012with the Mambo Legends Orchestra

Lincoln Center, NYC, Midsummer night swing

Thursday, June 28th, 2012playing with Mike Hicks

"new creative urban music...Refreshing sincere soul singing coming out of a Steive Wonder vein, executed with a modern and aware jazz lean - held together by ensemble musicality, great original songs and energetic exploration and solo-work by an all-star roster of Nashville talent.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012Playing with Aretha

Private Gig, Nashville, TN


Douglas Corner Cafe

The Megaphones bring you a funky good time with their unique hip hop mardi gras sound - fusing the tradition of the new orleans brass bands with the soundscape of contemporary rap and hip hop - this will be something you haven't heard before!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012guest artist with Stephanie Adlington at NJW

Sunday, April 1
The Jazz Cave
Nashville Jazz Workshop, 1319 Adams Street

Downbeat for the show is 7pm. General admission seating is $15 / $10 for students with ID's. No advance ticket purchases.

Please join us on Sunday, April 1 at 7pm for NJW's next Contemporary Jazz Series performance, featuring the vibrant and exciting vocalist and songwriter, Stephanie Adlington.

Serious about music from a young age, Stephanie studied music at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh during high school summers, and was then accepted to the famed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. After two years at Eastman, she went on to an even more legendary school, London’s Royal Academy of Music. It was an intense and fiercely competitive environment. Top Broadway composers would try out their new shows at the Academy before opening them in London’s West End, so Adlington got to sing for – and dazzle – Stephen Sondheim and other theater superstars.

Earning both a Bachelor's and Post-Graduate degree from the Royal Academy, she returned to the States and is currently teaching voice at Nashville's Belmont University. She is also working with saxophonist Rahsaan Barber as part of his new label, Jazz Music City.

The band will for the show will include Jody Nardone (piano), Alana Rocklin (bass), Josh Hunt (drums), James DaSilva (guitar), and will feature Roland Barber (trombone) and Rahsaan Barber (saxophone).

Friday, March 9th, 2012Roland Barber Quintet

Nashville's F. Scott's - come out for a classy blend of original music, jazz standards from the pen of Ellington, and Basie and other jazz royalty!

Monday, March 5th, 2012with Aretha in the A T L !

with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!

Aretha Franklin
Fox Theatre Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
08:00 PM

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012backing up Aretha Frankllin!

Backing up Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul!
Live in Tunica, MS!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012with John Birdsong at F. Scott's!

I'll be playing and singing with the John Birdsong Quintet down at F. Scott's in Nashville, 8 to 11 pm! Come on down, no cover, excellent food and drinks!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012Celebrating New Orleans: Live from Nashville

We'll be at F. Scott's from 7 to 10pm - come on out and let this music carry you to N'awlins and back as we lift our voices and horns to party - second line style!!

Friday, February 10th, 2012with John Birdsong at the Nashville airport!

12 - 2pm with Birdsong and Singer Paula Chavis at the Nashville Airport

Friday, February 3rd, 2012with John Birdsong at F. Scott's in Nashville

we'll be jamming down at F. Scott's from 7:30 till 11:30!

Friday, January 27th, 2012CD release of April Caspari's Something Beautiful!

live at the Listening Room, 9pm, Nashville, TN

Friday, December 2nd, 2011at the BNA Airport with Moe Denham

live from the bandstand at the Nashville Airport with Moe Denham, Cliff Richmond, Robert Bond, and myself on trombone!

12 noon to 2pm

Monday, November 14th, 2011LIVE IN NYC - WITH HOWARD FISHMAN

a lovely reunion with howard fishman's band at jazz at lincoln center's dizzy's club! sets at 7:30 and 9:30

Saturday, November 5th, 2011TRIBUTE To ARETHA FRANKLIN


Tuesday, October 4th, 2011Live with Jazz Music City at the Franklin Theater

I'll be bringing my quartet to perform at this wonderful show featuring Nashville's bright stars in the jazz scene! This will be the CONCERT OF THE YEAR for jazz fans in the Nashville area! It is the debut concert of Jazz Music City, a record label/concert production company designed to showcase Nashville's community of world-class jazz performers! This concert will be held in the beautiful historic Franklin Theatre, and hosted by JMC founder Rahsaan Barber. The all-star roster of featured artists/bands includes:

Bruce Dudley
Rahsaan Barber and Everyday Magic
The Nioshi Jackson Reason
Roland Barber Quartet
Stephanie Adlington
El Movimiento
Jody Nardone Trio
MIchael Whittaker Band
Adam Nitti
The John Birdsong Trio
Marcus Finnie Band
The Megaphones

Ticket Pricing:
Balcony Admission - $35.00
Cabaret Admission - $40.00
Classic Admission - $25.00

Saturday, September 17th, 2011performing with Vocalist Stephanie Adlington and Pianist Bruce Dudley

Come out to Vandy Loews on this Saturday night to hear some fabulous vocal jazz, along with masterful piano playing and soulful trombone playing! Always a pleasure to play with Maestro Bruce Dudley, and Stephanie Adlington is one of those rare vocalists who can bring life to the Great American Songbook with authenticity and personality!

Sunday, September 4th, 2011Special guest with El Movimiento Latin Jazz Band

I'll be joining Latin Jazz Sensation El Movimiento (featuring Rahsaan Barber, Imer Santiago, and Giovanni Rodriguez) at the Franklin Jazz Festival this year! We play Sunday Sep 4th in three short sets at 5pm, 6:50 pm, and 8pm, finishing around 8:30 pm...Come out and enjoy ELMO's sultry, contemporary and exotic grooves!

Friday, August 5th, 2011Swinging with the John Birdsong Quartet @ F. Scott's

Come out Friday night to hear some great classy jazz from Bassist John Birdsong's Band swinging you into the weekend spirit at F. Scott's Restaurant and Jazz Bar in Green Hills! Expect jazz standards and originals with our distinctive touch! Soulful, Grooviing, and Artistic. That's how we do! No Cover, great food and drinks! Come on out! 8pm!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011Downhome Jazz with Organist Moe Denham!

Come out to Carol Ann's on July 28th for some INCREDIBLE down home cooking and live jazz featuring B-3 Organist Moe Denham and Roland Barber! If you haven't eaten at Carol Ann's, you are missing out! True Southern Cuisine that can't be beat! And you know we'll be playing jazz you can feel, tap your toe and wiggle in your seat to! No cover!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011Swingin' with the Duffy Jackson Big Band!

I'll be playing with the great Duffy Jackson's big band, featuring an all star lineup of Nashville's jazz talent! Come out and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011Roland Barber Quintet at the International Trombone Festival 2011!!

We will be bringing the heat and extending a good old fashioned "howdy" to the trombone world, gathered in Nashville, TN at this year's trombone festival! Expect to hear some great original music, as well as a classic or two.


DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! The Barber Brothers join forces once again. After a season apart, one living in New York and the other in Nashville, the Barber Brothers have now reunited here in Nashville. Expect music of imagination, soul, and the trademark synergy that only happens when these twin minds come together! Live at the Listening Room...

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011playing with Imer Santiago Quintet!

Joining trumpeter Imer Santiago for a night of creative music at the Nashville Jazz Workshop! 7pm - $10 Cover. With a trumpet and trombone front line, expect the music to be full of fire, energy and style!!

Friday, April 1st, 2011Celebrating my Birthday with some local shows in Nashville!

Come out this weekend and help me celebrate my birthday!

I'll be at F. Scott's Friday night with John Birdsong's group! starting at 7:30...

And Saturday night, I'll be at a little spot called Bicyclette Cafe whispering the blues with Moe Denham on the Organ! 6 - 9pm


If you don't know about trumpeter Rod McGaha, come check this out, and if you do know? I'll see you there! Come here this creative phenom on the trumpet who always brings an intriguing mix of tradition and innovation! I'm excited to be a part of this big band that should bring some new perspectives and scope to Music City! Don't miss it! Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at Christ Church Cathedral 900 Broadway, Nashville, TN


I LOVE to teach, and love spending time on America's college campuses working with dedicated students of the music. So I am truly excited to be heading up to Michigan State U to spend a few days in residency with the jazz department there. I'll be teaching in the trombone studio, as well as speaking with the jazz majors there about artistic development, my experiences, career-wise, and working with the big band! I'm excited to join the list of musicians who've given lessons, masterclasses and/or performances at MSU, including Wynton Marsalis, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Faddis, Eric Reed, Jimmy Cobb, Antonio Hart and others!


Any time we get to bring our music of jazz to another generation is a great moment for me! Join us in a concert intended for young folk that answers the question "Who is Louis Armstrong?" Trumpeter Sean Jones is leading the ensemble, and I can tell you - that means it's going to be some playing goin' down. The times I have been on stage with that cat - let's just say, I've had to dig deep down in the well of creativity and resource! That cat is ruthless! For me, it's also a special chance to revisit the music of the great trombonists of Armstrong's day - such as Kid Ory, Trummy Young, Jack Teagarden, Vic Dickenson, Jay c. Higgibotham and Lawrence Brown. Jazz has such a rich history to appreciate and learn from! And the music of "Pops" - Such charm and warmth as well and STYLE! This show will definitely be a treat! Two afternoon shows Saturday Jan 29 in the beautiful Rose Theater @ Jazz at Lincoln Center!

Sunday, January 16th, 2011FEATURED ARTIST @ NASHVILLE JAZZ WORKSHOP JAM 1/16/2011

looking forward to playing a few tunes at this jam session, discussing my experiences with jam sessions (and jam session atmosphere/culture) in both Nashville and New York City, talking about learning/performing music "on the fly" - which can be a lifestyle for the NYC freelance artist. Come out and hang, bring your axe and perform! Come with a tune in mind to play!


When I was a kid, I had access to a few things that really prepared me for early and sustainable success - a great teacher, and role models whom I could aspire towards. So I KNOW FIRST HAND the benefit of quality instruction and exposure at a young age! Those facts make it a great privilege for me to teach in the One Note, One Neighborhood Program - a partnership between the Nashville Symphony, W. O. Smith Community Music School, and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. This program allows me to teach trombone to some of Nashville's brightest middle and high schoolers! It's SUCH a privilege to to give back to MY community. In one of my last lessons with a 5th grader, we were working on When the Saints go Marchin' in, and he stopped and said to me, "Can you go to college for the trombone?" It's great to see aspiration and passion for the future rise up in the eyes of our children.