It’s unlikely that any of the members of the Foster Meets Brooks Big Band can even remember the comedian referenced in their odd name. “Lovable Lush” Foster Brooks died in 2001, and more than a decade later, saxophonist and bandleader John Foster-Brooks is still a year short of drinking age. But a professor at Chicago’s South Shore Youth Jazz Ensemble referenced Brooks when describing the young tenorman’s sound, which evoked smoky, booze-filled nightclubs of a time before his birth. Now in New York, Foster-Brooks has enlisted his New School classmates, pianist Javi Santiago and saxophonist and Philly native Dahi Divine, to contribute arrangements, even though none has enrolled in orchestration classes yet. Divine will bring the band back to his old haunt as part of Chris’ Big Band Week, which will also include the likes of the Hoppin’ John and the Jump City Jazz orchestras.
Fri., Sept. 21, 11 p.m., $10, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.