When talking about the dynamic new four-piece he plays in, the Nolatet, vibraphonist Mike Dillon just beams with excitement, explaining, “Musically speaking, the Nolatet is fearless. The music ebbs and flows effortlessly, like rebirthing an amoeba.” Consisting of Dillon, pianist Brian Haas, bassist James Singleton, and drummer Johnny Vidacovich, the Nolatet will bring several generations worth of New Orleans jazz experience to the table on this new project.
Having an already undeniable chemistry by ways of frequent collaboration over the years, the Nolatet will release their debut album due out February 26, Dogs. Recorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios, the entire album was cut in ONE day from first and second takes, no overdubs. The band had certain skeletons of compositions planned, but ultimately this record is made up of a lot of improvisational, “in the moment” kind of material.
The Nolatet will also head out onto the road beginning February 28 at Snug Harbor in New Orleans and then begin the bulk of their dates on March 11 at the Red Room in Atlanta. Stops are also slated for Asheville, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle. Check below for more tour details.
For a sneak peak into the Nolatet, you can watch a couple videos of the band in the studio running through songs from their new album, “Dogs” and “Bongo Joe.”
Nolatet Tour Dates
2/28 New Orleans, LA @ Snug Harbor
3/11 Atlanta, GA @ Red Room
3/12 Asheville, NC @ Altamont Theater
3/14 Bethesda, MD @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz
3/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Pittsburgh Winery
3/16 Brooklyn, NY @ The Hall
3/18 Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room
3/19 Boston, MA @ Berklee College of Music
3/24 Santa Fe, NM @ High Note
3/25-26 Denver, CO @ Mercury Cafe
4/7 Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
4/8-9 San Francisco, CA @ Doc’s Lab
4/15 Seattle, WA @ The Royal Room