Jazz Fest: Catching Up with Joe Dyson

Since Joe Dyson was a teenager at NOCCA, he has been one of The Drummers Most Likely To …. He, Conun Pappas, and Max Moran made an impact right away as The Bridge Trio, and became players to watch when they performed an impromptu tribute to the NOCCA teacher and mentor Alvin Batiste at Jazz Fest on the day he died in 2007. They furthered their musical education playing with Donald Harrison Jr. during their stint in the Tipitina’s Intern Program, a program for which Harrison is artistic director.

Jazz Fest Preview: John Michael Minus "MyNameIs"

MyNameIsJohnMichael has been conspicuously quiet recently, perhaps because front man and songwriter John Michael Rouchell has retired the band and name. This year when he performs at Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 27 at 12:15, he'll do so under his own name with a band that includes MNIJM alumnus Joe Shirley on keyboards, and Bridge Trio members Joe Dyson Jr. and Max Moran on drums and bass respectively.