The Blacklist: Jazz at the Vanguard - S01E09

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This 2013 scene from The Blacklist comes from season 01 episode 09, "Anslo Garrick (no. 16)," and originally aired on November 25, 2013 to 10.96 million viewers.[1] It features a moving monologue spectacularly performed by James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington spoken to another character that has been seriously wounded with no help in sight. In a typical Reddington fashion, Red slyly encourages his friend to not give up by detailing a list of the things he wishes to do “one more time.” Included in this list is a desire to spend another night listening to jazz at "the Vanguard," an obvious reference to the Village Vanguard in New York City, NY. Below is a transcription of the scene:

 Have you ever sailed across an ocean, Donald? On a sailboat surrounded by sea with no land in sight, without even the possibility of sighting land for days to come? To stand at the helm of your destiny?
I want that one more time.
I want to be in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, to feel the surge as ten racehorses go thundering by.
I want another meal in Paris at L'Ambroisie in the place des Vosges.
I want another bottle of wine and then another.
I want the warmth of a woman in the cool set of sheets.
One more night of jazz at the Vanguard.
I want to stand on summits and smoke Cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can.
Walk on the Wall again.
Climb the Tower.
Ride the River.
Stare at the frescos.
I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book.
Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy.
Give me that. Just one time.
That's why I won't allow that punk out there to get the best of me, let alone the last of me."

There are multiple versions of this clip uploaded to YouTube, a couple with more than 100,000 views at the time of this writing -- a testiment to the power of this monologue.  Most interesting, however, is the clip below from Comic-Con 2014 in which Spader was asked about this specifc monologue. The clip provides some interesting insight into the script writting for Blacklist, but what is most relevent to this site can be heard at about 2:30 seconds:

And Sunday night, tomorrow night,  I'll be going and listening to one more night of jazz at the Vanguard. 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blacklist_(season_1)

 

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