Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard

Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM

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, he’ll bring together musicians from different locations and generations. WBGO and NPR Music will present a live video webcast of the Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. ET — a special Halloween edition of our Live at the Village Vanguard broadcast series.

  • Jeff Ballard, drums
  • Eddie Henderson, trumpet
  • Kevin Hays, piano
  • Jeff Parker, guitar
  • Larry Grenadier, bass
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