Mike Dillon, James Singleton, Johnny Vidacovich
445 S. Rampart St
New Orleans, LA, 70112
Mike Dillon (aka Mike D) is a percussionist, vibraphonist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of Critters Buggin, Les Claypool's Fancy Band and Garage A Trois. He has performed with many musicians including Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Brave Combo, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Marco Benevento and New Orleans musicians Kevin O'Day, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton. Dillon also performed in the 80's with local Dallas and Denton favorites Ten Hands.
He has led Dallas-based Billy Goat, Kansas City-based Malachy Papers and Austin-based Hairy Apes BMX (HABMX).
In 2006 Dillon started a funky project "Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle" which included members of Billy Goat, drummer Go-Go Ray, and bassist, J.J. Jungle. The live Go-Go Jungle also performs songs from Dillon's prior projects. They released their second CD entitled Rock Star Bench Press in 2009.
Dillon contributed the majority of compositions to Garage A Trois' Power Patriot CD released in 2009.
Dillon and saxophonist Skerik perform as a trio called "The Dead Kenny G's" with alternate third members. National tours have included keyboardist Brian Haas and bassist Brad Houser. With Houser they have also toured as "Critters Buggin Trio". They released a CD entitled Bewildered Herd in 2009.1 As a trio with bassist James Singleton, Dillon and Skerik have toured as "Illuminasti" and as a trio with Les Claypool they have been billed as "The Fancy Trio".
Dillon resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, but a busy touring schedule keeps him on the road much of the time.
composer, bassist, band leader, multi-instrumentalist JAMES SINGLETON has made his home in New Orleans since 1977. he has free-lanced with many great New Orleans artists and many others. a short list would include: James Booker, Professor Longhair, Johnny Vidacovich, Astral Project, James Black, Aarron Neville, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Illuminasti Trio, Lightnin' Hopkins, Gatemouth Brown, John Scofield, Wild Magnolias, Dave Liebman, Skerik, Mike Dillon, Natalie Cole, Charlie Rich, Banu Gibson, Ellis, Branford, Wynton, and Jason Marsalis, Lars Edegran, Juanita Brooks, Anders Osborn, Harry Connick jr, John Cleary, John Mooney,Teddy Riley, Rusty Kershaw, Naked on the Floor, Evan Christopher, and others.
In 1995 he formed 3NOW4 to collaborate with pedal-steel guitar genius Dave Easley and feature original compositions, improvisations, and little-known repetoire from a variety of styles.
In 2005 he started the James Singleton String Quartet to play his music in an all acoustic string setting. an electric version is coming.
The latest band is simply the James Singleton quartet; it is a powerhouse combination with pianist Larry Sieberth, saxophonist Scott Bourgeois, and multi-instrument virtuoso Mike Dillon.
He continues to perform in a duo with cellist Helen Gillet, and constantly finds new outlets for collaborative efforts.
Beginning in 2002 he began seeking out ways to spend more and more of the summer out of town to concentrate on composing and working out new instrumental vocabulary. The great flood made it necessary and possible to divide time between los angeles and new orleans. With the birth of his daughter Ruby he has returned to live most of the year in New Orleans. Wife Marcela, Ruby, and James live on the bayou st. john in mid-city.
Johnny Vidacovich has risen to national treasure status over his 4 decade career. Born and raised in New Orleans LA, he is a founding member of the world renowned contemporary jazz consortium Astral Project. He has played and/or recorded with such luminaries as Professor Longhair, George Porter Jr., Dr. John, Skerik and John Scofield. He is also a highly regarded teacher and educator whose past students include Stanton Moore and Brian Blade. He has been a longtime faculty member at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans. Johnny and his wife Deborah maintain the Tipitina's Sunday music workshops where younger students can come play with the pros on Sundays at Tip's. Johnny played the first and every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (which just celebrated its 40th anniversary) and has become a fixture on the New Orleans music scene. He has 4 records under his own name and an instructional book and DVD focusing on his approach to New Orleans drumming. He continues to maintain an active playing, touring and teaching schedule and is currently busy touring the world with Joe Sample of the Crusaders.
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