Papa Grows Funk - The Last Leaf CD


Born in New Orleans, John "Papa" Gros has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy. He's played it all -- New Orleans funk, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop/rock -- and he swirls those styles into a genre-bending gumbo that pays tribute to his influences while still pushing ahead into new territory. Like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, Gros is a proud local who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future. After kicking off his career as an organist and pianist, for George Porter Jr.'s Runnin' Pardners, during the 1990s, Gros formed the funk group Papa Grows Funk in 2000. The band held down a weekly performance at the famous Maple Leaf Bar for 13 years, mixing the smooth sophistication of a jazz quintet with the wild, anything-goes spirit of Mardi Gras. Fans and tourists crowded the bar every Monday night, looking for Papa Grows Funk to dish out a greasy, groove-heavy serving of Big Easy funk. The band delivered, releasing six critically-acclaimed albums -- including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by Nola legend Allen Toussaint, and a this live record that captured Papa Grows Funk's last Monday night at the Maple Leaf Bar.

Track List:

  1. Gorillafaceugmopotamus listen
  2. Mafungo listen
  3. Do U Want It ? listen
  4. Stanky listen
  5. Yes Ma'am listen
  6. Sit On This listen
  7. Shakin' listen
  8. Sax Exordium listen
  9. Needle In The Groove listen


John Gros - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Jason Mingledorff - Saxophone, Vocals
June Yamagishi - Guitar, Vocals
Jeffery Alexander - Drums, Vocals
Marc Peno - Bass

Released in 2016