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Astral Project - band/ensemble Over the past 30 years, the New Orleans band Astral Project has evolved from a jazz group that played four or five nights a week on Bourbon Street or at Tyler’s Beer Garden where bassist James Singleton, drummer Johnny Vidacovich and keyboard player David Torkanowsky, who left in 2001 were the house rhythm section to the city’s preeminent contemporary jazz group. That endurance surprises Vidacovich but not guitarist Steve Masakowski, the junior member of the group having only been with it for 20 years. “Whether we’d be playing together with Astral Project or not, I’d still be playing with all these guys.” Keeping any relationship together for 30 years is remarkable

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New Orleans Jazz

Featuring the music of Astral Project
Duration: 4:15

Tony Dagradi: saxophone;Steve Masakowski: guitar; James Singleton: bass;John Vidacovich: drums
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Article: Big Band Report

The AJO: Alive and Swinging at Thirty

Read "The AJO: Alive and Swinging at Thirty" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, which had been missing in action for the past several months, returned to combat with a flourish to open its thirtieth year as a unit on February 18, 2012, crowning the annual two-day Albuquerque Jazz Festival with a spellbinding concert performance that featured guest artist Alan Pasqua, an excellent pianist who doubles ...

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Article: AAJ PRO

Jazz Education Conference 2011 to Unite Industry

Read "Jazz Education Conference 2011 to Unite Industry" reviewed by Dawn DeBlaze


New Orleans hosts JEN's annual conferenceOnly one, comprehensive, international jazz trade event is designed to bring together everyone in the jazz music community: The Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. Scheduled for January 6-8, 2011, and located adjacent to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the conference seeks to build upon the momentum of its ...

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Article: Live Review

2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Read "2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" reviewed by Gary Firstenberg


The city of New Orleans is riding high these days. With the beloved football team winning the Super Bowl, a new mayor promising a brighter future, a rebuilding of structures and economy, and a new HBO television show, Treme, extolling the virtues of the unique culture of this musical mecca, times could not be better for ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Great Vibes: Nova NOLA and The Wee Trio

Read "Great Vibes: Nova NOLA and The Wee Trio" reviewed by J Hunter


Despite the current iteration of the “Jazz is Dead" riff, it is impossible to throw a rock without hitting one of the music's latest wave of horn players, reed players, keyboardists, bassists or drummers. The one area that lacks ground-breaking new personnel in 2010 is “mallets" (vibraphone and marimba), although every recent generation has had its ...

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Blue Streak

Label: Astral Project
Released: 2008

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VooDooBop

Label: Compass Records
Released: 1999

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Article: Album Review

Astral Project: VooDooBop

Read "VooDooBop" reviewed by Ed Kopp


The five members of Astral Project are among New Orleans' finest musicians. Each has an impressive resume that extends beyond jazz to rock, blues, pop, funk, R&B -- the whole gamut of Crescent City musical styles. These dudes form an amazingly tight unit, no doubt owing to their 20-plus years of playing together. VooDooBop is packed ...

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Elevado / New Orleans LA

Label: AP
Released: 1998
Track listing:

Elevado - Bulldog Run; Paladia; Carnival; Lauren Z; Too Soon to Tell; Gator Bait; Miller; O.F.O.; Burgundy; Nose Dive; N.O. Goodbyes; Astral Elevado (64:52). New Orleans LA - Bongo Joe; Oneness; Sidewalk Strut; Instant Composition; Supersonic Hawk; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Miles; I Mean You; Indian Folk Song;


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