Oral History Information
Job TitleMusician, Drummer
Johnny Vidacovich was born in New Orleans and raised by his mother and grandparents. He started playing drums when he was ten years old and would go to night clubs around New Orleans and stand outside the open windows of the clubs to listen and learn from some of the city's best drummers and musicians. Johnny wrote the method book "New Orleans and Second Line Drumming" with Herlin Riley which became a staple for drum set education in the 1990's. As a mainstay in the New Orleans music scene, Johnny has performed with James Booker, Professor Longhair, Mose Allison, John Scofield, and many others. Johnny is widely considered a cornerstone of the New Orleans drumming style and a leading drum teacher.