Allen Toussaint on Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Josh Jackson, WBGO
On this first day of the NPR Jazz Blog, we're going to try a little experiment. Thanks to WBGO, this concert is happening tonight. We're streaming it over the radio (for WBGO listeners), online (at NPR Music), and as a video feed. There'll also be a live chat, pre-game interviews and photo updates. The entire recording will be archived online. We do this every month: NPR.org/villagevanguard
If you scroll down just a bit, you can access
the live video feed andthe live chat windows. No registration or anything like that required. Concert starts at 9:00 p.m. ET — check back in right before then. Again, all this and more is available here too: Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi Band: Live At The Village Vanguard
As a teaser for tonight, Josh Jackson, who produces this series, reports that the house was packed Tuesday night with journalists and jazz literati. They got to see an Elvis Costello-Allen Toussaint duet. Maybe more such serendipity is in the cards.
UPDATE: The Wednesday night concert went over successfully. So all that you see above is in the past. We haven't yet figured out a way to archive the video feed, and the live chat module is now over. But you can access the archived discussion and, of course, the archived concert using all the links you see.