Krown's Latest Releases
April 25th, 2013
Wolfman Washington & Russell Batiste
November 1st, 2010
at the Maple Leaf
Offbeat Award for
Best R&B/Funk CD
Krown's CDs can be purchased online at
Louisiana Music Factory
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
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.
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'is 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.
June 2000, Joe formed an acoustic delta blues super group with
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".
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 is releasing 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
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
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Fall 2007 Tour
6th 2007 to November 18th 2007
Tour Dates page for details
2007 Jammy Awards