Winner of OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Piano/Keyboardist

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“John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana songcraft; he also knows his way around the Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone.” – Keith Spera The New Orleans Advocate

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More Ideas Than You Need

When I'm coming out of the shower or driving in the car, if a musical idea came into my head, I would immediately sing and record it into my phone. If I'm sitting at the piano and happened across something, good or bad, I recorded it. I learned from Allen Toussaint...

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Different Instruments

When songwriting, I write using various instruments: piano, organ, guitar, bass or voice. Each instrument brings something different out of me.

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Exploring Songs Live

It's fun exploring songs live. They have to live and breathe every time. We can't just play them by rote. The search to find new ways to make them fresh each and every night is a reward in itself.

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Taking New Orleans On The Road

I try to take the social and cultural legacy of our local New Orleans tradition on the road with me, every place I go. To demonstrate through songcraft: this is who we are, this is what we do, this is why we do it.

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