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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An Amalgamation

What I call New Orleans music is an amalgamation. We always use the reference of a gumbo. Our music is like a pot of gumbo, where all of these different ingredients are thrown into the pot and what comes out is as unique as the cook stirring the pot. I play New...

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Rick Wakeman’s Influence

Another big early Hammond organ influence on me was Rick Wakeman with Yes. I really liked "Roundabout" when it hit the radio. I loved it on the live record “Yessongs.” His work on the studio records was incredible but hearing him perform it in a live setting blew me...

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The Exciting Part Of Music

You play a song one day. Then you go to the next town, set up your stuff, and play the same song. But for whatever reason you started it faster tonight and it has a different kind of energy to it. Or you started it slower and all of a sudden it just changed the whole...

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A Thrill

It’s a thrill just to be able to play great music with great friends, and having solid friendships is really what makes the music even better.

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The Central Force In My Music

New Orleans as a city and a culture is the central force in my music. It is the sound that shaped my childhood memories of family celebrations. I have been hearing the sounds and rhythms of Fats Domino, Dr. John and the Meters since I was a young boy. So when I began...

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