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 is a Hammond endorsed artist and is part of the Hammond artist family. Joe's 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 multi award winning, chart topping 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, Gate Swings, American Music Texas Style and Gate's final studio recording Back to Bogalusa albums. In 1995, Gatemouth and the Gate's Express including Joe on keyboards, did a 62 date world tour as the opening act for Eric Clapton. Joe is also featured in Gatemouth's band on Carlos Santana's Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 (2006) DVD. The band, Gate's Express won a 2004 Offbeat Award for Best Band in the Blues Category.
Joe has two solo piano CDs on the New Orleans label STRdigital. Just the Piano...Just the Blues (1998) and New Orleans Piano Rolls (2003). Both are solo piano performance featuring original New Orleans piano/boogie-woogie style compositions and classic New Orleans piano songs. His current solo piano CD, Exposed is a follow to the STRdigital CDs. He's been a headline performer at WWOZ's Piano Night during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year since 1997. Joe plays regular solo piano performances in New Orleans at Ralph's on the Park, Le Bon Temps and the Jazz Playhouse in the Sonesta Hotel on Bourbbon St. 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 piano trio, the Joe Krown Trio. In March of 2007, Krown released his 8th CD Old Friends (2007) featuring the trio. Joe released his third solo piano CD Exposed in 2012. This CD is a combination of 7 original songs and 5 covers all in the New Orleans piano/boogie-woogie style.
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. 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 last release, Livin Large was released in February 2005 and is Joe's first self-produced, independently released CD.
In June 2000, Joe started playing around New Orleans with Jumpin' Johnny Sansone (harmonica, vocals) and John Fohl (acoustic guitar and vocals) in an acoustic delta blues trio featuring Joe on piano. Sansone, Krown & Fohl made their New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival debut in May 2001 and has also performed at "Rivers Festival" in Columbia South Carolina. In April 2004 Sansone, Krown & Fohl released thier first self-titled CD on the Shortstack Records label. Sansone Krown & Fohl won a 2004 Big Easy Award in the blues category.
In the fall of 2007, Joe was invited to be a feature artist in the Solid Blues Tour. The tour was a 38 U.S. city tour in October and November 2007 and it featured Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, the North Mississippi All-Stars and Joe. Joe performed a 20 minute solo piano set featuring music from his latest CD Old Friends, and then he joined the North Mississippi All-Stars backing up Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite.
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. Along with playing aregular weekly show at the Maple Leaf, the Trio regularly tours all over the U.S. and the world. In the fall of 2010 (November 2010), the Trio was invited to be part of 15 city U.S. tour called New Orleans Nights. The band was played a feature set and the backed up Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton and the great New Orleans pianist and songwriter Allen Toussaint. It was during this tour the Joe connected with Allen and they became very good friends.
was featured in an episode of the HBO drama Treme.
Treme is an HBO drama about life in New Orleans
in the months following the destruction of New Orleans from the failure
of federal levee system during Hurrinca Katrina. Joe plays himself in
a scene in episode 4, season 1 (2010) and one of Joe's songs is used
in episode 2, season 1 for background music. Joe can also be seen in
several episodes of the TNT series Memphis Beat and the Deniro/Stallone
movie Grudge Match (2013).
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.
June 2017 Joe joined the
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band as the full time piano/organ
player. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has been nominated five times
for a Grammy Award, has received two Billboard Music Awards, two Blues
Music Awards and two Orville H. Gibson Awards. The band has had 3 platinum
(1 million sold) selling CDs and 1 gold (500,000 sold) selling CD. The
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is a headline act on the modern blues scene,
has made appearances on late night TV and been an opening act for major
acts like Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith and Lynyrd
Joe has recorded with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Jumpin Johnny Sansone, Zigaboo Modileste, New Orleans Juice, Kid Ramos (guitarist from the Fabulous Thunderbirds), Bobby Charles, Raful Neal, Marva Wright and many other New Orleans artists. Krown has eight CDs out under his own name, three CDs with Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste Jr. and one CD as member of Sansone, Krown & Fohl. As a member of Gatemouth Brown's band, Krown is on Carlos Santana's Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 (2006) DVD.
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