On Sunday, April 29th, at 10 p.m., J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) will perform down in New Orleans at Maison for a special show during Jazz Fest, making for one serious jam session. However, things just got stronger with The Force, as the band just announced additional artists who will join J.E.D.I.’s insanely stellar cast this Sunday. J.E.D.I. bandleader and world-class drummer Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls) is currently on tour as one of six percussion players in David Byrne’s band, who will perform earlier in the day at the festival proper. Given this, Johnston has now added his fellow Byrne band members—Davi Viera, Mauro Refosco, and Gustavo Di Dalva—as well as bassist Nate Edgar of The Nth Power to J.E.D.I.’s upcoming late night performance in New Orleans. (Get tickets here.)

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Previously announced artists joining Johnston’s J.E.D.I. project for this special show include bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), keyboardist Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Benny Bloom (of Lettuce / The Shady Horns), guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds / Matador! Soul Sounds), and vocalist Shira Elias (Turkuaz).

This lineup is what Jazz Fest is all about: Bringing artists from across the musical spectrum to simply vibe off each other and create sweet music. Lee, Zoidis, and Edgar joined the maiden voyage of J.E.D.I. with Johnston back in late 2017, which went off into a galaxy far, far away. With the way things are currently adding up, this late-night might just go into the furthest reaches of the musical universe.

J.E.D.I. – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA – 11/30/2017

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Tickets for J.E.D.I. at Maison on Sunday, April 29th at 10 p.m. are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and event updates, join the Facebook Event page.


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