Meet The Laymans

Cole and Logan Layman have grown up making music together.   In 2015 they met Hamed Barbarji, and this would be the beginning of an amazing friendship and a passionate collaboration!  Nick Davidson joined the band in 2017 to complete this solid outfit. The band members are multi-instrumentalists and write original music.  Their unique and diverse sound ranges from gritty, foot-stomping acoustic work, to an electrified big-band sound.  There are Americana undertones and a hint of modern flair in their music.  They are excited to be releasing a new album titled "Strong Roots,” which will be released this fall.

The band may be young, but they are experienced and they are not strangers to accolades.  The siblings have performed Nationally as a duo, and Hamed is an International performer.  Nick has played up and down the East Coast. Logan was named Veer Magazine's Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015.  She was the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter’s Emerging Artist of the year in 2014.   In 2013, she was named "Blues Kid of the Year."  Logan endorses Ernie Ball basses, and was featured in Bass Player magazine in 2016. Cole endorses Steve Clayton custom guitar pics. Cole and Logan both endorse Farmer Foot Drums. Cole and Logan are proud inductees into The Brotherhood of the Guitar, an elite group of young guitarists from all over the world.  They appeared together in the August, 2014 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.  In Layman Terms’ Debut album received rave reviews and has been played on radio stations all over the country and internationally.

Cole Layman

Cole is a junior at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  where he is studying Music Therapy.  In high school he was a member of the Tri-M Music Society and received the highest honor, being chosen for the district's all star jazz band. Cole is passionate about the blues, but has a diverse musical taste.  He looks up to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, and many others. He is a huge fan of Led Zeppelin,  Jimi Hendrix, and many of the musicians that he has met through his participation in The International Blues Challenge over the past four years. 

Logan Layman

Logan is a freshman at Indiana University where she will be studying in both the School of Psychology and Jacob's School of Music to earn a degree in Music Therapy. In high school she played upright bass in performance band and is first chair in honors orchestra. Logan's musical influences include Tal Wilkenfeld, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Victor Wooten, Grace Potter, and Esperanza Spalding, to name a few.  

Hamed Barbarji is a junior Trumpet Performance major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently a student of Rex Richardson and Bryan Strawley, Hamed has also studied classical and jazz trumpet with Chris Gekker, Taylor Barnett, David Vonderheide, and Paul Bhasin. In 2015, Hamed attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, studying under world–renowned trumpet soloist Terry Everson. In 2017, Hamed was a soloist with the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphony Orchestra, competed as a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in Denver, Colorado, performed at the Altria Theater in Richmond, Virginia, the Teatro Adolfo Mejia in Cartagena, Columbia, the MontreauxJazz Festival in Switzerland, and the Ponte Vecchio, Arno River, and the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. He was recently a soloist with the Universidad De Cartagena at the Teatro Pepe Vibes Campo in Santa Marta, Colombia. Hamed is the leader of the “Hamed Barbarji Quartet,” a jazz combo that plays regularly in the Richmond and Hampton Roads area and is a frequent sub with professional orchestras in Virginia, including the Williamsburg Symphony and the Richmond Symphony. This summer, he will continue to play with such groups, as well as play West Side Story at the Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond, VA and perform with his nationally-acclaimed blues band “In Layman Terms.” Hamed has been a member of ILT since 2015!

Nick Davidson is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Jazz Studies. A drum set player, he has played throughout the east coast playing almost every genre of music. He has studied under drummers Tony Martucci and Dave Elitch. Nick works at RBH drums where he and Bruce Hagwood make some of the best drums in the world. He teaches drumline at Princess Anne High School and other Virginia Beach City Public Schools and is currently playing in groups such as Grace Street Seven (20’s traditional jazz), Hamed Barbarji Quartet (Jazz Funk), and In Layman Terms (Blues and Rock). Nick endorses and is an artist of RBH Drums.