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  • Village Vanguard - Live Chat

    May 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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  • Al Foster Interview

    May 20, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Al Foster at the Village Vanguard

    I was pleasantly surprised that this interview actually happened, but I know
    all to well that persistence pays off in the long run. I say this because Al
    Foster
    is famously dodgy about giving interviews to press. Probably because
    everyone in the world wants to know about Al's relationship with Miles Davis.
    Sure, he played with Miles for more than a decade, and was a dear friend, even
    during Davis' self-imposed exile from the music scene in the late 1970s. Get
    beyond that, and you realize that Al Foster has had an extraordinary musical
    life. In this interview, Foster talks about growing up in Harlem, where he met
    many of the legendary jazz musicians who shaped his career. And Miles too.
    But did you know that Al Foster raised four daughters as a single father? One
    more reason this guy deserves a medal. At the end of it all, you start to realize
    why so many people regard Al Foster as one of the great messengers of our music.
    -Josh

    The Al Foster Quartet plays the Village Vanguard this week. You can hear them
    live on WBGO, tomorrow night at 9. I'll be your host. Stay tuned.

  • Song of the Day: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Brian Blade

    I wrote a Song of the Day feature for NPR. Brian Blade and the Fellowship
    Band recently released Season of Changes, and I've been playing one song
    over and over and over. And over. It's called "Return of the Prodigal Son."
    Read about it, and listen to it here. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
    are playing a week at the Village Vanguard starting June 17th. We will be
    broadcasting the 9pm set on Wednesday, June 18th. Live. Stay tuned.
    -Josh