JOHN ROYEN has been a fixture on the New Orleans jazz scene, both as an A-list on-call pianist and as a core member of most of the well-known jazz groups. He has performed, toured and recorded with jazz greats including The Dukes of Dixieland, Tim Laughlin, and the late Pete Fountain.
John, a Washington native, was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band pianist for 25 years and has performed at the Kennedy Center, the U.S. State Department, the National Press Club, the Smithsonian Institution, the New Orleans Historical Jazz Park, and numerous universities, theaters and performing arts centers around the country, in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Canada.
In 2008, John was voted as the All Star Jazz Pianist by New Orleans Magazine, He has lectured for the Louis Armstrong Foundation, University of Colorado, University of Tampa, Eckerd College, University of Louisiana as well as numerous jazz festivals and private associations.
John maintains an active performance schedule including the prestigious Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans as well as several jazz clubs such as Fritzels and the Bombay Club in the French Quarter.
His non-musical calling is that of a naturalist when he assumes the role of “Captain John” and gives expert guided tours of bayous and swamps.
Backing Royen will be a band led by Grammy nominee David Sager, a Washington native who spent 12 years in New Orleans, and is now the curator for the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox service.