I mentioned this briefly in my last post, but the Village Vanguard is doing something really cool, and it’s happening again tonight. (Again, for the sake of full disclosure, it also bears mentioning that I have been involved with WBGO as a Production Intern for a couple of weeks now.)
J.D. Allen is in residency there this week, and tonight his trio, featuring Rudy Royston on drums and Gregg August on bass, will be recorded and webcast by WBGO and NPR Music. If you’re in the NYC area, it will also be broadcast live on WBGO 88.3 fm. Josh Jackson of WBGO and Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR’s A Blog Supreme will be hosting a live web-chat as well.
I am really excited to hear the show. Last month, when the same team put together the multiplatform megacast of the Fred Hersch Trio (click the link to see archived video!) I tagged along with Josh Jackson to see the whole project in action, having recently begun an internship with Josh and his excellent WBGO show The Checkout. Tonight, I’m going to sit back in my living room with a Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale and enjoy the show in my easy chair.
I’m especially looking forward to this performance as a big fan of the piano-less trio. Back in San Francisco, my absolute favorite regular gig was with drummer Zach Hash and a bassist (Eric Vogler, Dave Lockhart and Rob Ewing each played on one night or another, we never had a regular bassist.) It’s a liberating experience as a horn player to be able to stretch into the harmonic realm normally occupied by pianists and guitarrists. J.D. Allen is a master of this format, so it should be a pleasure to hear.
So come join me, Josh, Patrick, and whoever else shows up on the live chat at 9 pm sharp. Seriously, click the link. You will be witnessing one of the hippest things that has happened to jazz in this wild world of New Media. Props to WBGO, NPR, J.D. Allen, the Village Vanguard and everyone else who’s making it happen.