UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

December 18 • St. Cyr Jazz Band
The Kitchen Table, Arabi | 6:30-8:30pm

December 21 • Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds
The New Orleans Jazz Museum | 3:15-4pm

December 22 • Steve Pistorius Livestream
Live From the Front Porch | 5-6:30pm


COVID 19 Update:

Since march, live music in New Orleans and most places has been almost non existent. I have been grateful for the support of many different arts relief foundations including the Preservation Hall Foundation who have made my life financially stable during these very difficult months. Upon returning to New Orleans this fall I have been performing outdoors regularly at Steve Pistorius’s house as well at outdoors at the Kitchen Table in Arabi. It has been wonderful to share in our community of musicians and dedicated fans. I continue to enjoy practicing at home and improving myself while looking to the future.

On that note, I am applying to graduate programs in social work and counseling both in New Orleans and other places in the country. Prior to Covid I was teaching drum workshops at Rivarde Detention Center as a Teaching Artist with the Preservation Hall Foundation. Using music as a therapeutic tool with these youth is informing my desire to learn more about how to effectively work with people in these situations.

As I think most of us are aware, COVID has been a challenging time for many of us with regards to our mental health. To that end, I am in therapy myself, and am excited to become a mental health professional in the future.

Much love to all of you,

Benny

Benny Amón

Since moving to New Orleans in 2011 from his hometown of Davis, California, Benny has become one of the most in demand drummers on the New Orleans jazz scene. Benny holds a B.A in Development Studies from UC Berkeley. A job working with young people in schools first brought him to New Orleans. Since then Benny has been involved in recording sessions, tours, festivals, and special projects with all of the top traditional jazz musicians in New Orleans.Benny has performed in Japan as a cultural ambassador, in Brazil at the International I Love Jazz Festival, in Argentina as a guest artist, in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, and across the United States, including repeat performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival. At home in New Orleans, Benny performs regularly at the world famous Preservation Hall, The Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and on the Mississippi river aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Every year he performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival, The Summer Satchmo Fest and the Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival. Benny endorses and performs exclusively on Bopworks drumsticks and brushes.

“Although he turns 30 this year, he is a mature artist with large heartfelt visions and sensitivity. He is a spectacularly fine drummer. He makes beautiful sounds, he plays for “the comfort of the band,” he knows dynamics and timbres, and he swings no matter what the tempo.”- Michael Steinmann, Jazzlives.wordpress.com

MUSIC

RELEASES

Benny Amon’s New Orleans Pearls
When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain



Benny would love to hear from you. He offers drum lessons for all ages and skill levels. Benny also leads bands for private events and public venues.

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