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.