Joe Krown New Orleans piano music, Gatemouth Brown, Blues, Funk and Soul

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Sansone, Krown & Fohl
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Joe Krown's Latest Releases

Soul Understanding
Released 4-25-13
Now available at all on-line stores

2012 Solo piano

Triple Threat
w/ Walter Wolfman Washington & Russell Batiste
Available November 1st, 2010

Live at the Maple Leaf
2009 Offbeat Award for
Best R&B/Funk CD

Joe Krown's CDs can be purchased online at
The Louisiana Music Factory


Joe Krown is a resident and is based out of the city of New Orleans. He is a New Orleans styled piano and Hammond B-3 player. He has played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year since 2001 and the French Quarter Festival every year since 1998. He has been nominated twice and won a 2000 New Orleans Big Easy Award in the Blues category. His trio with Johnny Sansone & John Fohl won a 2004 New Orleans Big Easy Award in the Blues category. His current All-Star trio with Walter Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste Jr. won a 2009 New Orleans Big Easy Award in the Blues Category and a 2009 Offbeat Award for Best R&B/Funk Album. In April 2014, he was honored with a Piano Legacy Award, presented by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and for being a "Master of Piano". He is currently touring all over the U.S. and the world as the organ/piano player for the award winning Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Joe held the keyboard chair with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown & Gate’s Express from 1992 until Gatemouth's passing in the fall of 2005. Joe is featured on the chart topping albums The Man (1993), Gate Swings (1997), American Music, Texas Style (1999) and Back to Bogalusa (2001) CDs and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - In Concert: Ohne Filter (2003) DVD. Joe is also featured in Gatemouth's band on Carlos Santana's Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 (2006) DVD. In 1995, Gatemouth and Gate's Express including Joe on keyboards, did a 62 date world tour as the opening act for Eric Clapton. The band, Gate's Express won an Offbeat 2004 Best Band in the Blues Category.

Joe's band, the Joe Krown Organ Combo (New Orleans, LA) was formed in 1999. The Joe Krown Organ Combo performs every week at one of the many New Orleans nightclubs, including the Maple Leaf Bar, House of Blues, Tipitina's, Le Bon Temps Roule and dba. The "Combo" makes regular appearances at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They have appeared at such noted nightclubs as the Boom Boom Room in San Fransisco, CA and Tobacco Road in NYC. The band made its European debut in November 2001 at the Ingolstadt Jazztage in Ingolstadt Germany. The Joe Krown Organ Combo has 4 CD releases. Down & Dirty (1999), Buckle Up (2000) and Funkyard (2002) were all released on the New Orleans label STRdigital. The Joe Krown Organ Combo’s newest release, Livin’ Large was released in February 2005 and is Joe's first self-produced, independently released CD.

From 1996 until 2001, Joe played a solo piano gig called "Traditional Piano Night" every Monday night at the Maple Leaf Bar. In Sept. 2001 Joe moved the Traditional Piano Night to Le Bon Temps Roule on Friday evenings where he continues to play the music in the likes of Professor Longhair, Dr John. He's been a headline performer at WWOZ's Piano Night during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year since 1997. Joe made his solo piano European debut with a tour in Germany in November 2003 with a follow-up tour in September 2005. Joe was invited to return to Germany in September 2006 to be a part of the Barrelhouse Jazz Party, a tour with the popular German jazz group, the Barrelhouse Jazzband. Joe has two piano CDs on the New Orleans label STRdigital. Just the Piano...Just the Blues (1998) is a solo piano performance featuring 9 original New Orleans piano/boogie-woogie style compositions. His most current solo piano CD, New Orleans Piano Rolls (2003) is the follow up to Just the Piano...Just the Blues featuring Joe in 15 solo piano performances.

In June 2000, Joe formed an acoustic delta blues super group with Jumpin' Johnny Sansone (harmonica, vocals) and John Fohl (acoustic guitar and vocals) featuring Joe on piano. Sansone, Krown & Fohl made their New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival debut in May 2001. Sansone, Krown & Fohl released their first CD, self titled Sansone, Krown & Fohl in April 2004. The trio can be still be seen performing at Snug Harbor in New Orleans.

In October 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and the failures of the federal levee systems destroyed Joe's home city of New Orleans, he returned home and started playing around New Orleans with his trio, the Joe Krown Trio. The trio features Joe on piano, Brint Anderson on guitar and vocals and Mike Barras on drums. The trio features Joe playing tradtional New Orleans R&B piano and boogie woogies. In March of 2007, Krown released his 8th CD Old Friends (2007) featuring the trio.

In the fall of 2007, Joe was invited to be part of the Solid Blues Tour (10/5/07 to 11/18/07) with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite and the North Mississippi Allstars. Joe played a 30 minute solo piano set, then he played piano and organ with the North Mississippi Allstars backing up Charlie Musselwhite & Mavis Staples. The tour started in the Pacific Northwest and went cross country ending in New England. The Solid Blues Tour was nominated for a 2007 Jammy Award for "Tour of the Year".

In the spring of 2007, Joe started playing every Sunday night at the Maple Leaf Bar (New Orleans, LA) with Walter Wolfman Washington (guitar & vocals) and Russell Batiste (drums). It features Joe playing Hammond B-3 organ where Joe plays all the bass parts on the organ. The Sunday nights were so successful that the trio released a live CD, Live at the Maple Leaf (Oct. 2008). Live at the Maple was produced by Joe and will be the first live CD in Joe’s catalogue. Live at the Maple won a 2009 Offbeat Award for Best R&B/Funk CD. The trio also won a 2009 Big Easy Award in the "Best Rhythm & Blues Band" category. In the fall of 2010, the Trio released Triple Threat (JK1004), the follow up to Live at the Maple Leaf and their first studio CD. The trio released it's 3rd CD Soul Understanding (JK1006) for Jazz Fest 2013. The Trio was invited to be part of 15 city U.S. tour called "New Orleans Nights" (November 2010). The band was a feature along with Nicholas Payton and Allen Toussaint.

After the untimely passing of the legendary great Allen Toussaint in November 2015, Joe was selected to fill the maestro's chair by playing piano with Toussaint's band backing up greats like Bonnie Rait, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and more at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest, Hollwood Bowl, Midsummer swing at Lincoln Center and more.

In May 2017 in addition to being a headline performer for the 29th annual WWOZ Piano Night at the New Orleans House of Blues during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Joe was selected to be the producer for the event. As producer, Joe put together a great show featuring 10 of the best local New Orleans piano players including Marcia Ball, Ellis Marsalis, David Torkanowsky, Tom McDermott and John "Papa" Gros. The event, titled WWOZ Piano Night--Back to the Roots was one of the most successful fundraisers for WWOZ in many years with a near sell-out crowd.

In June 2017 Joe joined the two time Grammy nominated, platinum record selling Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band as the full time piano/organ player. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is a headline act on the modern blues scene and Joe is touring with the band all over the U.S. and the world.

Joe made his acting debut in the HBO series Treme. He did a scene in Season 1, episode 4; "At the Foot of Canal Street" (air date 5/2/10) and Season 3, episode 5; "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" (air date 10/21/12). He also has music from some of his CDs featured on the show. Moore Women Shuffle (Piano Rolls) was featured in "Meet De Boys on the Battlefront" (air date 4/18/10) and All That and Then Some (Exposed) was in "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" (air date 10/21/12). Joe can also be seen in several episodes of the TNT series Memphis Beat and the upcoming Deniro/Stallone movie Grudge Match (2013).

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New Orleans Nights
November 2010

With Allen Toussaint
and Nichloas Payton

Fall 2007 Tour
October 6th 2007 to November 18th 2007 
See Tour Dates page for details
Nominated "Best Tour"--
2007 Jammy Awards


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