For years, the members of New Orleans-based supergroup Nolatet sat in on each other’s performances and, as the story goes, it was only a matter of time before they formed an outfit of their own.
Blending contemporary Crescent City jazz with second-line grooves, the band, comprising Johnny Vidacovich on drums, James Singleton on bass, Mike Dillon on vibraphone, and Brian Haas on piano, boasts a pedigree that includes work with a wide variety of styles and groups, including Garage A Trois, Les Claypool’s Fancy Band, and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. As Dillon puts it, “Musically speaking, the Nolatet is fearless.”
INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $27/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, April 1 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.