• Live Blog - Al Foster Quartet at the Village Vanguard

    May 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Josh Jackson in the Vanguard Stairwell

    Greetings from the worst seat in the house! Because the Village Vanguard is underground, my wifi card gets a very limited signal, so I am blogging from the top of the rear stairwell. I can still hear the music, but visuals are a bit lackluster. There are some advantages, though - I'm close to the restroom and the bar...

    First song is Miles Davis' So What. From the album Kind of Blue.

    9:11 Crowd is definitely into it. This next one is Al Foster's original. Called "The Chief." Foster doesn't write a lot of music, so it's nice to hear. Eli DeGibri on soprano.

    9:17 Damn. These guys are great. Anyone agree?

    9:19 Man, Al Foster's cymbals....yowza.

    9:22 Horace Silver's "Peace." Al Foster's first recording was with Horace Silver's trumpeter, Blue Mitchell. Blue Note record called The Thing to Do.

    9:24 Very early Chick Corea on that record too...

    9:36 Still Taking the A Train. So will I later tonight...

    9:40 Cantaloupe Island, a Herbie Hancock tune. Lots of jazz classics for tonight's set.

    9:52 That song was another Foster original. Named "Brandyn," after Al's only son. He has FOUR daughters!!!

    9:54 Steve the club mgr just pointed out Sigourney Weaver in the house. Looking for Aliens right now...

    9:56 Love this one - Jean-Pierre, from Miles Davis...

    10:35 Thanks to everyone at the Village Vanguard, including Jed Eisenman, AND especially Lorraine Gordon, who I forgot in the end credits...She's gonna get me for that oversight...oy. And thanks to you all who listened tonight on WBGO, or NPR Music. Maybe you checked out some photos?

    Next show at the Village Vanguard is June 11th - Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos. And Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band on June 18th.
    -Josh Jackson, your humble producer and host for this series.

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