Half Note Jazz Club |

 Al Foster, longtime drummer for Miles Davis, raised in New York,  was only 19 when he made his first recording, backing trumpeter Blue Mitchell on the classic Blue Note LP The Thing To Do. Foster soon became a “first call” drummer for many of jazz’s leading lights, playing with musicians like Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk.

Foster got his biggest break while playing a date at the Cellar Club on 95th Street in Manhattan. Miles Davis was in the crowd that night, and was awed enough to hire him on the spot: “Foster knocked me out because he had such a groove and he would just lay it right in there,” Davis wrote in his autobiography. “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.” Davis would count Al Foster as his drummer for 20 years — spanning the trumpeter’s wildest electric experiments — and as a friend for life.

Al Foster: drums
Eli Degibri: saxophone

Doug Weiss: bass
Adam Birnbaum: piano

12 – 18/11

Half Note Jazz Club

17, Trivonianou str.
Mets, 16636
Athens, GR
Tel.: 210-9213310

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