John Papa Gros

Dr John Memorial

Wednesday, November 20th is Dr. John’s birthday. He would have been 79. These are the words I spoke at his Memorial Service. "Dr. John….Mac Rebennack, It was in his right hand piano rolls. It was in the rhythm and stretch of his left hand. It was in the words you...

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Faith, Trust, And Comfort

George Porter Jr. taught me how to function in different musical environments. You adapt by having faith in the people you play with, trust in your upbringing and comfort knowing your ears will lead the way.

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A Fun Song Live

One of the songs that's been fun to play live is "Cocaine and Chicken Fricassee". It's got a great groove and it gets people moving. It's also fun to watch the audience's reaction to the opening lines. You can see it on their faces. "Did he say what I think he said?...

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Singing Or Talking

My vocal coach said, "There should be no change in your voice whether you're speaking or singing." I don't know if I'm there yet. But when "River's On Fire" came out, the biggest compliment I received was , "You sound like yourself." That was really good to...

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