Louisiana Artists Spotlight: Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls

Louisiana Artists Spotlight: Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls

For this week’s Louisiana Artists Spotlight with WWOZ, we’re drummin’ up a storm with Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls.

There are few drummers in New Orleans in as high demand as Benny Amón. Originally from Davis, California, Benny came to New Orleans to work with young people in schools, but instead found himself in recording sessions, on tour, and playing festivals and other projects with some of New Orleans’ greatest traditional jazz musicians. His band Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls breathes new life into those classic, swingin’ jazz sounds of the Crescent City.

He’s traveled the world, performing in Japan as a cultural ambassador, at the International I Love Jazz Festival in Brazil, as well as across Europe and the States. Benny’s a regular at the world famous Preservation Hall, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival, The Summer Satchmo Fest, and the Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival.

Watch them perform “Back In Your Own Backyard” in this stylishly candid video.

Bring your dancing shoes to Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls’ Official Showcase: you’re gonna need them. Add it to your conference schedule!

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