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Manager: Deb Vidacovich
Bio: Born and raised in New Orleans LA, he is a founding member of the world renowned contemporary jazz quartet Astral Project. He has played and/or recorded with such luminaries as Professor Longhair, George Porter Jr., Dr. John, Skerik and John Scofield. Johnny played the first and every New Orl...See Full Bio
“New Orleans Piano – High Sierra Music Hall A welcome break from the blazing sun outside, this joyful indoor set of James Booker/Professor Longhair-inspired NOLA stride piano was a real surprise. The one-off band featured Marco Benevento and CR Gruver on keys, dueling and weaving in and out of each other's licks with playful passion. And with the all-star rhythm section of NOLA jazz legend Johnny Vidacovich on drums and Radiators/New Orleans Suspects bassist Reggie Scanlan, the two-step grooves were pushed and prodded with nimble dexterity. Marco and CR alternated between an upright piano and electric keys, and when things got cookin' the result was pure ragtime gold. Their dueling stride licks were pristine on rollicking takes of old-time classics like “Goodnight Irene,” but the highlight for me had to be Marco's jubilant, rolling instrumental take on the Sunny of the Side Street,” which had me stompin', smilin' and clappin' like it was springtime on Frenchman St.”