Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.

I want to help

Astral Project

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.”

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Down Beat calls Astral Project “one of the most distinctive and cohesive groups in jazz.”

JazzTimes on Astral Project “one of the more adventurous working units in modern jazz today.”

he New Orleans Times-Picayune,..... “the city¹s premier modern jazz ensemble.”

The monthly music magazine OffBeat says Astral Project is “the finest modern jazz ensemble in New Orleans, and undoubtedly one of the most unique jazz groups period.”

4 Photos


Blue Streak
Blue Streak
Astral Project



Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
John Scofield John Scofield
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
Larry Coryell Larry Coryell
Wayne Krantz Wayne Krantz
Joe Diorio Joe Diorio
Kermit Ruffins Kermit Ruffins
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT  

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.