New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich says the endless stream of parades that take place in the Crescent City inspired him to become a musician at a young age, and he remembers his first paying gig:
“I was playing in a kid band, [wearing] derby hats, and I think the first amount of money we made was about three-fifty, four dollars. It wasn’t five dollars! I’ll tell you that much, it wasn’t five.”
As an adult, Vidacovich went on to work with the likes of Professor Longhair, and the long-running Astral Project.
In this episode of “Live At Jazz, TX,” Vidacovich takes the drum stool for New Orleans classics “West End Blues” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” as well as swinging standards like “Bags’ Groove.” Fellow New Orleans native Pierre Poree sings, club owner Doc Watkins is on the piano, and trumpeter Kris Vargas (Dirty River Dixie Band) sits in for a few tunes as well!
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