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Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard

April 10, 2013With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, the drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. And when you've been tapped to play drums for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau, you get to know a lot of musicians. Ballard and a multi-generational band play live in New York.

The drummer Jeff Ballard has a band called Fairgrounds. Well, he doesn't have a band as much as he has lots of bands, and knows lots of people to fill them — which might be expected of someone who has been a drummer for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau. With the Fairgrounds project, he gets to play a little fantasy baseball, mixing and matching sounds and musicians for his own ends.

When this sideman-of-choice gets to headline a week at the Village Vanguard — a half-year after his first run was foiled by Hurricane Sandy aftermath — he brought together musicians from different locations and generations. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live video webcast of the Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds in concert.

Set List
  • "1974 Blues" (E. Harris)
  • "Run To The Sun" (K. Hays)
  • "Freegrounds" (group improvisation)
  • "Lady B" (Ballard)
  • "Sweet Stuff" (H. Silver)
  • "Cryin' Blues" (E. Harris)
  • "Days Fly By [With Ruby]" (J. Parker)
  • Jeff Ballard, drums
  • Eddie Henderson, trumpet
  • Kevin Hays, piano
  • Jeff Parker, guitar
  • Larry Grenadier, bass

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