Interview: John Gros

Papa Grows FunkJohn Gros of the New Orleans-based band Papa Grows Funk has redefined the funk-jam band. Starting as a series of Monday night jam sessions among friends in 2000, the band has become one of the hottest acts on the concert circuit, most recently headlining the Garden Stage at the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival.

In this interview we talk with John about the beauties of the Hammond B-3 organ, Mardi Gras Indians, and their most recent CD release, Mr. Patterson’s Hat.

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2 Responses to “Interview: John Gros”

  1. jonathan
    October 21st, 2008 12:36

    If you get the chance, walk don’t run, to check out this band.

    And if in New Orleans, the Maple Leaf is a must stop by at. Don’t expect the music to start on time, but to expect it to rock that little wood shack when it does start.

  2. KadmusArts Playlists » Blog Archive » The Soul of the B-3
    November 18th, 2008 19:03

    [...] In a recent KadmusArts podcast, John Gros paid tribute to one of the greatest instruments ever to shape the music scene, the Hammond B-3. Together with its other-than-in-looks identical church cousin, the C-3, it has been a defining sound in jazz, gospel, blues, soul, funk, and rock since 1955. Usually paired with a rotating Leslie speaker, the B-3 emits a rich, organic sound that cannot be confused with anything else. So, without further ado, here are some of the performers that have crafted their approach to the B-3 into unique musical signatures: [...]

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