Why Musicians Fall In Love With New Orleans: Joe Krown
New Orleans-style pianist Joe Krown has been a musician in the Crescent City for over 27 years. NewOrleansLocal.com sat down with Krown to find out what’s so special about being a musician here.
“I was living in Boston and I was playing up there and got the offer to play in the Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown Band,” Krown recalls. “And I thought, Gatemouth, New Orleans – that could be definitely a nice adventure. And it turned into the rest of my life pretty much.”
Krown has played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year since 2001, and the French Quarter Festival since 1998. He plays solo sets and shows with full bands, including the Joe Krown Organ Combo, formed in 1999.
Krown describes his piano style as “a mixture of Barrelhouse Blues mixed in with Professor Longhair, mixed in with some Jelly Roll Morton or Fats Waller stride piano.” Living and playing in New Orleans had a strong impact on Krown’s style and added to his sound.
“When I play in the city, I call myself a New Orleans piano player in the style of Dr. John or, you know, Allen Toussaint,” Krown says.
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What Makes New Orleans Special
“New Orleans has always been a port of entry and exit,” Krown says. “This has been the first port of entry for ships through the 1800’s and 1900’s, it’s been the last port of exit coming out of the Mississippi river for ships before they go overseas.”
That’s a big part of what has made the French Quarter such a center of entertainment, for tourists and locals alike.
“Louis Armstrong and jazz, it was all born down here because [the French Quarter] had been a breeding ground, Krown tells us. “People are coming to the city and have done so for a long time because they wanted to be entertained – and New Orleans provided.
“This city is packed,” he continues. “Within a little five-mile radius there is like, I don’t know, 50 or 75 bars playing music at any given night.”
Gigging in his native New England, on the other hand, often entailed a two-hour commute. “I could only get one in a day, Krown says. “While living here I can do three a night, here in the city.”
Check out a full-length audio interview with Joe Krown, recorded by independent producer Tom Wright, by clicking on the YouTube video above or visiting http://themetairiebureau.com.