Steel-pan composer Jonathan Scales’ Fourchestra Tour

It’s been a great year for steel pan-fronted, jazz-fusion group Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. This innovative group will be wrapping up the year with East Coast, Midwest, and Southern dates.


The steel pan, an amazing musical discovery born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago, is often times associated with sandy beaches, tropical climates, and cruise ships: that’s not exactly what you get at a show by the jazz-fusion quartet, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Modern Drummer Magazine recognizes, “… Jonathan Scales makes the pans fit in unconventional musical spaces…” and Jazz Times goes on to state that Scales’ brings forth a “new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument… picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius.”Here you have a classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro and front man of the Fourchestra, Jonathan Scales, heavily influenced by the complexity of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the hustle of Jay-Z. Gritty blues guitarist, Duane Simpson, and fusion-chops bassist, Cody Wright, provide the harmonic support for Scales’ sound, while jazz/hip-hop drummer, Phill Bronson, drives the time-shifting, modern grooves. The cast of Characters hold this mind-bending concoction together with jazz edge and classical sensibility.

Scales has been called a “…rising star of the steel drums…” by Traps Magazine, while Pan on the Net refers to him as “the Real Deal” and having “A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.” When Steel Talks sums it up with, “At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box.”

Oct 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Baba Budan’s
Oct 23 – Chicago, IL – Elbo Room
Oct 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
Oct 26 – West Chester, PA – The Note w/ The Shakeltons
Oct 27 – New York, NY – Cameo w/ the Shakeltons
Oct 28 – Greencastle, PA – John Allison Theater
Oct 29 – Greencastle, PA – John Allison Theater w/ The Shakeltons
Nov 2 – Huntsville, AL – Humphrey’s
Nov 3 – Atlanta, GA – The Music Room
Nov 5 – New Orleans, LA – Neutral Ground Coffeehouse
Nov 6 – Houston, TX – Bohemeos
Nov 7 – Austin, TX – McCallum High School
Nov 7 – Austin, TX – Skinny’s Ballroom
Nov 10 – Starkville, MS – Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern
Nov 11 – Birmingham, AL – Alys Stevens Center 11am
Nov 11 – Birmingham, AL – Stillwater Pub
Nov 12 – Asheville, NC – The LAB (Back Stage)
Nov 13 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
Nov 18 – Durham, NC – Broad Street Cafe
Nov 19 – Fredricksburg, VA – The Otter House
Nov 20 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
Nov 26 – Bristol, TN – Machiavelli’s
Dec 2 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
Dec 26 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar w/ Rebirth Brass Band
Dec 27 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar w/ Rebirth Brass Band

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