Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknwon
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Band: Astral Project, The Trio
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Growing up in the birthplace of jazz, Johnny Vidacovich began playing the drums at the age of ten. Within a couple years, Johnny Vidacovich joined all-kids jazz band called Dunc's Honky Tonks. Local musician Warren Duncan organized the band, taught the kids Dixieland songs, and helped them perform at hospitals and schools. The older kids introduced Johnny Vidacovich to rock and roll and taught him to play rock and funk.

Johnny Vidacovich's childhood passion for rock and funk drumming contunued for years. Johnny played throughout New Orleans with Johnny Adams, Professor Longhair, Mose Allison, and later Harry Connick, Sr., Clarence Johnson III, and his own band Astral Project. He became a prominent and sought-after drummer, known for his sensitivity to the ever-changing world of jazz. In one set, he could mix things up by combining the sounds of reggae, street beat, blues, and bebop, morphing with ease and fluidity.

Johnny Vidacovich's discography numbers nearly one hundred credits, but he is best known as a member of the contemporary jazz group Astral Project with James Singleton, Tony Dagradi, and Steve Masakowski. The jazz/rock/funk band has been jamming since the 1970s.

In 1992 Johnny Vidacovich joined the faculty at Loyola University School of Music, and he has inspired youthful musicians there since then.

Vidacovich's natural talent and abilities have been recognized by the Big Easy Entertainment Awards, and he received praise from Offbeat, Downbeat, the New York Times, and NPR's Jazz Profiles by Branford Marsalis.



Album Year Album Name Album Band
1977 Angelle Angelle Trosclair
1980 Crawfish Fiesta Professor Longhair
1982 Classified James Booker
1983 Lunar Eclipse Tony Dagradi
1985 Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill Various Artists
1985 Out of the Blue Various Artists
1985 Looking Back Zachary Richard
1986 Graciously Alvin Red Tyler
1986 Heritage Alvin Tyler with Johnny Adams and Germai
1987 Jazz Profile Mose Allison
1987 Dreams of Love Tony Dagradi
1987 Louisiana Scrapbook Various Artists
1988 Steppin' Out David Torkanowsky
1988 Flat Out John Scofield
1988 Blues Bred in the Bone Ray Anderson
1989 Walking on a Tightrope Johnny Adams
1989 My Backyard Mose Allison
1990 Charles Neville & Diversity Charles Neville
1990 Creole Christmas Various Artists
1990 Gramavision 10th Anniversary Sampler Various Artists
1990 Victory Mixture Willy DeVille
1991 Johnny Adams Sings Doc Pomus: The Real Me Johnny Adams
1992 Pictures and Paintings Charlie Rich
1992 Testimony John Mooney
1992 Remember Me Roland Stone
1993 Good Morning Heartache Johnny Adams
1993 Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology Professor Longhair
1993 What It Was Steve Masakowski
1994 Liquid Fire: The Best of John Scofield John Scofield
1994 Allison Wonderland: Anthology Mose Allison
1994 Tribute to Edith Piaf Various Artists
1995 But...Beautiful Lillian Boutte
1995 Night Owl Mambo Brothers
1995 Time for Love Phillip Manuel
1995 New Orleans The Pfister Sisters
1995 Live at the Columns Tony Dagradi
1996 Bluesness as Usual Andy J. Forest
1996 Bill Deraime Bill Deraime
1996 You'll Never Get to Heaven Bill Morrissey
1996 Loyalties Chuck Bergeron
1996 All of Me Harry Connick, Sr.
1996 Worth the Price Lenny McDaniel
1996 Dear Jo Phil Parnell
1996 Stargeezer Spider John Koerner
1996 Blue Orleans Tim Laughlin
1996 World Christmas Various Artists
1997 Astral Project Astral Project
1997 Banks Street Johnny Vidacovich
1997 Mystery Street Johnny Vidacovich
1997 We Got It Goin' On Mambo Brothers
1997 Game of Chance Rick Margitza
1997 Music, Vol. 1: Language of New Orleans Various Artists
1998 Jazznocracy Al Belletto
1998 Elevado Astral Project
1998 Dedicated to You Clarence Johnson III
1998 Blues: The Language of New Orleans, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1998 Jazz: Language of New Orleans, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Modern New Orleans Masters Various Artists
1999 Living Room Anders Osborne
1999 Voodoo Bop Astral Project
1999 Tryin' to Make a Little Love Michelle Willson
1999 Orleans Records Story Various Artists
2000 There Is Always One More Time Johnny Adams
2000 For Joe Steve Masakowski
2001 No Strings Attached Michael Kaeshammer
2002 Piano Face John Auton
2002 Vidacovich John Vidacovich
2003 Scrapomatic Scrapomatic
2003 Grease Factor Shane Theriot
2003 With Fessor's Funky New Orleanians Thais Clark
2003 Louisianthology Tom McDermott
2003 Trip to New Orleans Vahag Petian
2003 Box of the Blues Various Artists
2003 Mardi Gras: Language of New Orleans, Vol. 7 Various Artists
2004 Essential Collection Bill Morrissey
2004 Strut Michael Kaeshammer
2004 Byrd Lives Professor Longhair
2004 Alan Lomax's Southern Journey Remixed Tangle Eye
2005 Great Johnny Adams Blues Album Johnny Adams
2005 Super Heavy Organ Robert Walter
2005 Voice of the Wetlands Tab Benoit
2005 Celebration of New Orleans Music to Benefit the Music Various Artists
2006 Great Johnny Adams R&B Album Johnny Adams
2006 More or Less Jazz Two Various Artists
2007 Umbrella Man Scott Albert Johnson
2007 City of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music Various Artists
2007 Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino Various Artists
2008 Cure All Robert Walter
2009 Essential Recordings: The Great Johnny Adams Jazz Album Johnny Adams
2009 Dirty Power Shane Theriot
2010 The Rounder Records Story Various Artists
2012 In New Orleans Willy DeVille
2013 Advice from a Father to a Son Scott Ramminger


  • While playing with Dunc's Honky Tonks, the older kids would pick him up to go play. Johnny never knew what style he would be playing, but he embraced it all.
  • By seventeen, Vidacovich was playing at clubs on the world famous Bourbon Street.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo

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