Music Master Jon Barnes contributes to “Now, Then & Forever” Earth Wind & Fire’s new album

MAYO Communications with Jon Barnes on Trumpet at the Pebble Beach Concours D' Elegance.

Jon Barnes on Trumpet at the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance.

For several years Jon Barnes has been collaborating with Earth, Wind & Fire for upcoming music. His hard work has finally paid off. Earth, Wind & Fire plan to release,  “Now, Then & Forever”, their first album in eight years, on Sept. 10th.

(This story was published in Examiner.com)

It’s been around eight years since Earth, Wind and Fire released their last album, which was nominated for a Grammy. (Illumination). And now, they’re set to go on tour for the latest studio release of, “Now, Then & Forever.”

Jon Barnes at the Lamborghini Exhibit poses with a visitor at the Concours D' Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA.

Jon Barnes Concours d’Elegance poses in front of the Lamborghini exhibit with a music fan at the concours d’ Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA. Barnes and his friend producer Larry Dunn contributed to the new Earth, Wind & Fire album, “Now, Then and Forever”, which will be released Sept. 10th.
October 1, 2013 Barnes performs at Catalina Jazz Club.

“My good friend Larry Dunn, an American keyboardist, music director and one of the founding members of Earth, Wind & Fire, called me and ask if I would like to work with him on the music,” said Music Master Jon Barnes, from his recording studio this afternoon (Wed., Aug. 28, 2013).

Long shot of Catalina Jazz Club stage with Jon Barnes

on Barnes at the Catalina plays the new daCarbo trumpet with Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin, Hollywood.
Oct. 1st, Jon Barnes returns with special guest Theresa King. Tickets are now on sale. (click image above)

Barnes recently returned from Europe at the daCarbo Jazz Festival (July 5-7 in Baernbach, next to Graz, Austria), with Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin, former lead singer of Kool & The Gang. “It’s always an honor to work with legends like them,” Barnes said. Barnes, who has been commissioned to write music for Arturo Sandoval, is scheduled to play at the Catalina Jazz Club, where he performed to a packed house last month with Sandoval and Martin.

picture of Jon Barnes and Marc D. Johnnson, Laraki exhibit with his carbon made trumpet and a $2 million dollar carbon fiber made Laraki behind them, Concours d' Elegance

Jon Barnes and Marc D. Johnnson, Laraki exhibit with his carbon made trumpet and a $2 million dollar carbon fiber made Laraki behind them, Concours d’ Elegance

Barnes is sponsored by Monster Cable and daCarbo, which makes carbon fiber trumpets. And speaking of carbon fiber, the new concept car bodies are nearly all made with the lightweight carbon fiber design. Barnes just returned from the Monterey Auto Week, Concours d’ Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA, where several hundred rare cars were displayed and sold for nearly $302 million according to the LA Times.

jon barnes, playing trumpet

Jazz Master Jon Barnes hits the high notes at the Automobili Lamborghini America exhibit of concept cars at the concours D’ Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA.

Concept cars like prototype Porsche 914 Spyder, with two electric motors and has been tested to go zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Other standouts made of carbon fiber were the new $4 million  Lamborghini Veneno and Laraki Epitome. The Epitome concept car displayed at the event has 1,750 horsepower and will be one of only nine built with a price tag of $2 million each.

“I’ve never seen so many cool hybrids and automobiles in my life,” said Barnes. “I really enjoyed being Monster Cable’s Noel Lee’s guest at the event,” he noted. “By the way when Earth Wind & Fire were in the recording studio, Lee gave them signature Monster headphones.”

Both trumpet and car are made of carbon fiber. picture inside lamborghini exhibit with Jon Barnes holding trumpet up in front of concept car.

Jon Barnes , Inside the Lamborghini exhibit at the Concours d’ Elegance, where amazing hybrids went on display for thousands of attendees of the world famous auto show.

Barnes, who has played music when Earth, Wind & Fire was hot in the 1970′s,  is back in studio preparing for his October 1st performance and has other upcoming developments, including a music documentary, which was filmed during the tour and workshops in Europe.

Barnes said it took two years for Earth, Wind & Fire to finished the “Now, Then & Forever” album.  And according to published reports, the album was started in Philip Bailey’s home.  Bailey is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as one of the longtime members of the Earth, Wind and Fire band.

MAYOCommunications.com with Jon Barnes posed for a picture with Thomas Brinkman, Reg. Mgr., US, N. Region, Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC. at the Pebble Beach Concours D' Elegance.

After playing a few notes for Lamborghini auto show fans, Jazz musician, Jon Barnes posed for a picture with Thomas Brinkman, Reg. Mgr., US, N. Region, Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC. at the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance.

After he reportedly  went back to listen to all of the Earth, Wind & Fire records, he then called keyboardist, Larry Dunn, one of the original members of the band, to help with the music.  Dunn, along with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Later they brought in Neal Pogue, who did all the powerful mixing for Outkast.

“So it was really a great crew of people and a good process. Originally we were going to put it out last year, but we weren’t ready,” Singer Philip Bailer said in a recent interview.

Earth, Wind & Fire has already announced tours for the UK, where tickets went on sale last Friday (Aug. 23, 2023).

By the way Jon Barnes worked on the bonus song entitled, “THE WHIRL WIND,” on the “Now, Then & Forever Album” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

For more about their album visit: http://earthwindandfire.com

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George McQuade, V.P., MAYO Communications, is a national award-winning entertainment and corporate communications multimedia, social Media expert, and is often quoted internationally on media trends, campaigns and breaking stories. McQuade has been behind and in front of the camera/microphone as a working member of national press for more than 10 in the #2 Los Angeles Market. He's was also a NBC, CBS and ABC Entertainment news correspondent based in LA. His recognizable voice was heard on KNX, KFI, KZLA, KGIL, UPI and Associated Press Radio Networks. As the West Coast Bureau Chief, Mc Quade writes a monthly column for Jack O’Dwyer Publications, NY, the No. 1 website for "media and public relations news" according to Google. Additionally, he is Gen. Mgr. of MAYO Communications and MAYO PR, a Los Angeles entertainment publicity and public relations firm. For more visit: http://goo.gl/YxXvj GeorgeMcQuade,wordpress.com or his company website: http://mayocommunications.com and company blogs: http://LAEntertainmentPublicity.com, MAYOCommunications.wordpress.com and mediaguru-mayopr.blogspot.com

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