CONNOISSEUR SERIES: Astral Project
September 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
For more than thirty years, Astral Project has delighted audiences around the world with its unique brand of cutting edge improvisation and near telepathic interplay over deep New Orleans’ grooves.
In 1978, Tony Dagradi gathered together the brightest, most energetic young players in the Crescent City and started out on a path that would help shape the modern jazz scene for years to come. A devoted student of Eastern philosophy, Dagradi coined the band name as a reflection of the group’s quest for a higher plane of experience. As everyone who has seen the band in concert knows, each performance finds these men reaching for the stars.
"ECM-style grace with New Orleans humidity" - Rolling Stone
“One of the most distinctive and cohesive groups in jazz” - Down Beat
“A co-op band comprised of world class improvisers and composers... Astral Project has been New Orleans’ best kept secret for more than 20 years.” - Jazz Times
“The city’s premier modern jazz ensemble.” - New Orleans Times Picayune
For more information, visit the group's website here.