Krown Organ Combo
Joe Krown formed the Joe Krown Organ Combo in the fall of 2000. The
band is an instrumental New Orleans styled funk and groove band that
features the big sound of the Hammond B-3 organ. The Joe Krown Organ
Combo is Krown on Hammond organ, Brint Anderson on guitar, Brent Rose
on saxophone, Mike Barras, on drums, and Cassandra Faulconer on bass.
The musical camaraderie with the band is evident on their 2005 Joe Krown
Organ Combo recording, Livin' Large (2005) and their 2002 release
Funk Yard (2002-STR). Their newest release Livin' Large,
is Krown's first solo attempt at producing and features 10 original
tunes and a seven piece band. Funk Yard is Krown's third recording
featuring the Combo. It follows Buckle Up (2000-STR) and Down
& Dirty (1999-STR).
The Combo makes regular appearances in New Orleans
at such noted clubs as the Maple Leaf, House of Blues, Tipitina's, Le
Bon Temps Roule, Funky Butt at Congo Square (closed since Hurricane
Katrina), and dba.
Joe Krown Organ Combo made their television debut on Louisiana Jukebox
in February 2000, and agian in May 2004, which is broadcast in metro
New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Opelousas, LA; Memphis, TN; Cleveland,
OH; and Austin, TX. The band made their European debut in November 2001
at the Ingolstadter JazzTage in Ingolstadt, Germany and makes regular
appearances at the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz
& Heritage Festival. They've also played at the Ottawa Blues Fest
in Ottawa ONT Canada, Tobacco Road in NYC, the Boom Boom Room in San
Francisco, CA and several other festivals and clubs outside New Orleans.The
Joe Krown Organ Combo has opened concerts for such notable artists as
the Neville Brothers, Gatemouth Brown, Dr. John, Andy Summers (from
the Police),Brian Auger, Buddy Guy and the Iguana's. The Organ Combo
has also backed up artists like Gatemouth Brown, Irma Thomas, Frankie
Ford, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and more.
Joe Krown moved to New Orleans in 1992 after honing his
keyboard skills in the Northeast. Since that time, he has built a strong
reputation as first-call organist and pianist in the Crescent City.
He won the 2001 Big Easy Award in the Blues category. He is an endorsee
for Hammond Suzuki Keyboards. Krown was highlighted in a feature article
in the September 2000 issue of OffBEAT Magazine. Krown was also named
"Best Keyboardist, Editor's Choice", by NewOrleans.CitySearch.com.
Krown's newest recording, Livin' Large, features his organ combo
and will celebrate its release on Feb. 26, 2005 in New Orleans.
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 most recently 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. The band, Gate’s Express won an Offbeat 2004 Best Band
in the Blues Category.
From September 1996 until June 2001, he held the Traditional
Piano Night slot at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, which was once
occupied by Professor Longhair and James Booker. Krown followed that
strong tradition with his debut solo release on STR Digital Records
Just the Piano...Just the Blues (STR-1998). This recording captured
one aspect of Joe's musical persona-solo piano in the boogie/blues style.
Beginning in September 2001, Krown established a new Traditional Piano
Night at Le Bon Temps Roule in New Orleans. Krown followed Just the
Piano...Just the Blues with his 5th STR release New Orleans
Piano Rolls (STR-2003). Much like Just the Piano...Just the Blues,
New Orleans Piano Rolls features Krown performing solo piano.
Krown explores the many piano styles of New Orleans R & B piano,
boogie woogie, stride and ragtime.
Krown's second STR release, Down & Dirty (STR-1999),
explores classic organ combo material reminiscent of Booker T., Jimmy
Smith, Jimmy McGriff and others. Among the guest artists are Clarence
"Gatemouth" Brown and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone. Krown's 3rd
STR Digital records release Buckle Up (STR-2000), follows his
Down & Dirty release as another outing featuring his mighty
Hammond B-3 organ. Original Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. and Dr.
John members drummer Herman Ernest and guitarist John Fohl, form a solid
and funky rhythm section. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown makes
a special appearance on 4 songs. In 2000 Krown formed his band the Joe
Krown Organ Combo and the band became a regular figure at many New Orleans
clubs and festivals. In 2002 the Joe Krown Organ Combo released Funkyard
(STR-2002). Funkyard chronicled the previous 2 years of playing
together. The Joe Krown Organ Combo's latest release Livin' Large
has Krown fronting a seven piece band.
Krown has performed with Clarence "Gatemouth"
Brown, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Johnny Adams, Chuck Berry,
Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Vassar Clemens, Marva Wright, The Platters,
The Drifters, A.C. Reed, Big Time Sarah, and Jo-El Sonnier.
Krown has recorded with Clarence "Gatemouth"
Brown, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone,
Kid Ramos (guitarist of the Fabulous Thunderbirds), Bobby Charles, Raful
Neal, Marva Wright and Amy and the Hank Sinatras.
For over thirty years, Brint Anderson's musical endeavors have taken him
all over America and to Europe. Along the way, Brint Anderson has played
with Art Neville, Dr. John, George Porter's Runnin' Pardners (with whom
he has been guitarist for eight years), Cassandra Wilson, John Lee Hooker,
Albert Collins, Albert King, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, Johnny Adams, Levon
Helm, Henry Butler, Jorma Kaukonen, and Screamin Jay Hawkins, to mention
a few. He has shared the stage with greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan,
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Johnny Winter,
Little Feat, Greg Allman, Leon Russell, Tower of Power, and the Northwest
Allstars featuring Steve Cropper, Mark Farner, Billy Preston and Felix
Inspired to move to New Orleans after working as Dr. John's guitarist,
he has found much success performing at the past eight New Orleans Jazz
and Heritage Festivals and backing many of the city's legends as well
as fronting his own band. The first break was in August of '92 landing
the guitar spot with Porter's Runnin Pardners.
Brint has released three CD's-- 1995's Homage To Elmore, a tribute to
slide guitar master Elmore James, '97's I Knew This Would Happen, the
first release on his own Toulouse Records, and Notes From Clarksdale,
his latest in April 2000. Notes From Clarksdale was done on location at
Hopson Preservation Company, Highway 49 South in Clarksdale, Mississippi,
and it is a live acoustic delta blues recording that is already gaining
After a four year stint traveling with the U. S. Marine
Corps Band, Brent Rose went on to study Jazz Performance at the University
of New Orleans under the tutelage of Ed Petersen and Ellis Marsalis.
In 1998, he was awarded first prize in the Ernest Swenson Jazz Composition
Competition, for his piece "Kirotedo," which is the lead-off
tune on Quintology's debut disc.
In addition to playing with the Joe Krown Organ Combo,
Rose's professional career has included stints with Quintology, Galactic,
Nicholas Payton, the Temptations, Flavor Kings, Adonis Rose, New World
Funk Ensemble, and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers. Brent has appeared
on recordings with the Joe Krown Organ Combo, Quintology, Charlie Hunter,
Stanton Moore, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Chévere,
Have Soul Will Travel, and the Naked Orchestra. Rose is widely acclaimed
in New Orleans as an emerging young jazz musician.
Since arriving to New Orleans in 1998, Casandra Faulconer has become
one of the hardest working and most sought after bass players in the
city. Offbeat magazine has nominated her as one of New Orleans best
bass players, along side George Porter, Jr. and James Singleton. She
has a deep pocket that can keep you dancing all night long and her supportive,
versatile playing allows you to catch her gigging in a wide array of
settings almost any night of the week.
In addition to performing with the Joe Krown Organ Combo, Casandra
has appeared and recorded with many of the city's most esteemed musicians
including, Lenny McDaniel, Charmaine Neville, Leslie Smith, Sista Teedy,
Lynn Drury, Have Soul Will Travel, Eric Lindell and Bryan Lee.
Along side her busy performance schedule, Cass has been an instructor
for the National Guitar Workshop and is an artist and endorser of Moody
A native of New Orleans, Mike Barras has been working
professionally as a drummer for the last 15 years. He has toured nationally
and internationally with notable acts such as the House Levelers, Lenny
McDaniel, Stavin Chain, Marva Wright, Mulebone, and the Joe Krown Organ
Over the years, Barras has provided the backbone for
many musical performances, sharing the stage with George Porter, Jr.,
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Roy Buchanan, Greg Allman, Levon Helm,
Aaron Neville, and Jimmy Buffett.
Barras is frequently called on for recording sessions, including commercial
jingles, blues, R&B, and rock recordings. His work can be heard
on several recent releases: Joe Krown's Funk Yard, Gary Hirstus' Slightly
Out of Focus and Temporary Secret, Lenny McDaniel's Tired Angels and
The Blue Side, Jim McCormick's Jim McCormick, Todd Washko's Going Somewhere,
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle's Soul Time, and Mulebone's award-winning
5 Shakes, 7 Spirits and Only in New Orleans.
Barras continues to earn the reputation as one of the more versatile
drummers in New Orleans.
Seeger--guitar (not pictured)
Brian Seeger is intimately involved in every aspect of New Orleans
vibrant music scene. His performance and recording credits include
Aaron Neville, Stanton Moore, Karl Denson, Big John Patton, Skerik,
Chris Wood, Charlie Hunter, Jason Marsalis, Ed Petersen, Zachary
Richard, Davell Crawford, Joe Krown, Theresa Andersson, Quintology
and many others. New Orleans Magazine's selection of Seeger as one of
their "Jazz All-Stars" in 1999 serves as a fitting summation
stature in the local music community. He is comfortable off of the
stage as well, garnering critical acclaim for his work as a record
producer and composer. Among his production credits are Quintology's
award winning eponymous debut, The Hot Club of New Orleans' More!,
Chévere's Baila Mi Ritmo, The Jesse Lewis Union, Olivier Bou's
Bou-Shah-O-Ray, as well as discs for a number of other artists.Some
of the numerous CDs Seeger's compositions have graced include Theresa
Andersson's Vibes, Stanton Moore's All Kooked Out, Quintology's Blues
By 5, Joe Krown's Funk Yard, and Moore's Verve Records debut, Flyin'
the Koop. When Seeger is not on the road, at a gig, or in the studio,
he can be found teaching in the acclaimed Jazz Studies Division at
the University of New Orleans, and also at Loyola University and the
National Guitar Workshop.