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Al Foster at The Village Vanguard TONIGHT!!

January 26, 2013

al-foster-bwAl Foster grew up in New York. He began playing drums at the age of 13 and made his recording debut, with Blue Mitchell, at 16.

He joined Miles Davis’s group when Jack DeJohnette left. As a member of the Davis band from 1972 to 1985, Foster’s contribution to Davis’ music is articulated by Davis himself in his 1989 autobiography, Miles: The Autobiography, where Davis describes the first time he heard Foster play live in 1972 at the Cellar Club on 95th Street in Manhattan: ‘He knocked me out because he had such a groove and he would just lay it right in there. That was the kind of thing I was looking for. Al could set it up for everybody else to play off and just keep the groove going forever.”

Foster has recorded and toured with his own band. He began composing in the 1970s. He likens it to playing chess with the piano. Although he does not read music, he can play his songs on the piano. Since 1996 Al has been touring with his own band, featuring bassist Douglas Weiss. The current band also features Israeli-born saxophonist Eli Degibri, and Adam Birnbaum on piano. The band has played over 1000 concert and club dates all over the world, including the UK, Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, South Africa.

Tonight you can see Mr. Foster in all his glory right here in New York City at the Vanguard. Here is the line-up;

Al Foster-drums
Eric Alexander-sax
Adam Birnbaum-piano
Doug Weiss-bass

See you at the show!

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