Shannon Powell’s New Orleans Jazz Masters

Shannon Powell is a highly sought after percussionist and bandleader who has achieved international acclaim for his commanding technique and style, rooted in the funky drum beats of New Orleans. Shannon Powell and the New Orleans Jazz Masters take the audience on a journey, showcasing the riveting music of New Orleans–from the second line, trad, to modern jazz and funk. The music is peppered by the commanding technique and style of Mr. Powell on the drums and vocals.

Mr. Powell has performed all over the world with notables in jazz. In his early career, Powell toured extensively with Harry Connick, Jr. and released two platinum albums with Connick including, “We Are in Love,” and “Blue Light Red Light.” He also recorded “Lofty’s Roach Souffle” with Connick. During subsequent years, Powell has toured with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marcus Roberts, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Earl King, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and John Scofield. Powell has also recorded with a long list of noteworthy artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Irvin Mayfield, Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Powell has recorded his own CD, “Powell’s Place,” which showcases a mix of traditional and original jazz songs and also features Powell on vocals. He has performed with his band at major festivals, including JazzAscona and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Powell is considered a leading force on the traditional jazz circuit and also serves as an educator and clinician. He has been featured at workshops and presented at universities all over the world. Most notably, Mr. Powell has been an ambassador for the J.C. Heard [email protected] educational program for the past four years where is he has led the Dr. Valade’s Brass Band.

Considered a living legend in New Orleans music, Shannon Powell is heralded as “The King of Treme,” the neighborhood where he grew up in New Orleans, which has given birth to countless musical inspirations and innovations.

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