Shannon Powell

Shannon Powell

A product of the culturally and musically rich Treme' neighborhood, when Shannon Powell is behind the drums, his fellow musicians and audiences are assured of the most solid, swingin' and stylistically simpatico rhythms to be found anywhere on the planet.

Heavily influenced by "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, Powell is, at once, a traditional jazz and modern jazz musician, who, early on, worked with banjoist/guitarist Danny Barker as well as pianist Ellis Marsalis. Powell undoubtedly received his widest recognition during his six years in Harry Connick, Jr.'s band that resulted in two platinum records hanging on his wall. The rhythm and blues scene also utilizes Powell's huge abilities and he boasts recordings with vocalist Johnny Adams and Tommy Ridgley. Powell currently holds court weekly at Preservation Hall and leads his own group at Donna's and many other venues.