Johnny Vidacovich is a contemporary jazz drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Playing since the early 1970's with the quartet Astral Project (which includes James Singleton, Tony Dagradi and Steve Masakowski), he has become widely renowned as a prominent and sought after New Orleans musician as well as contributing to New Orleans cultural heritage. He has been recognized by Big Easy Entertainment Awards, with praise in Offbeat, Downbeat and the New York Times as well as NPR's Jazz Profiles by Branford Marsalis. He has played with such notables as Bobby McFerrin, Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, Willy DeVille, and New Orleans greats such as "Tan Canary" Johnny Adams, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Alvin "Red" Tyler and Mose Allison. Vidacovich has also been faculty at Loyola University, School of Music. As of 2007 he can be heard weekly as a member of "The Trio" with George Porter, Jr. at the Maple Leaf Bar. Vidacovich also gives regular workshops at the New Orleans venue Tipitina's.
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