Drummer Shannon Powell works with the Charleston Jazz Academy
In recent years, Spoleto has partnered with the Charleston Jazz Academy to facilitate master classes with Wells Fargo Jazz artists as part of Spoleto ETC (Engaging the Community)—the Festival’s education and community outreach program that aims to build audiences and encourage artistic learning. This year, drummer Shannon Powell, who had been slated to perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and as part of the New Orleans Jazz Celebration, will lead a virtual workshop with academy students.
Considered a living legend in New Orleans music, Shannon Powell is heralded as “The King of Treme,” the neighborhood where he grew up. Early in his career, Powell toured extensively with Harry Connick, Jr., with whom he released two platinum albums. Powell has also played with Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Earl King, John Scofield, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others. As bandleader, he has recorded his own album, Powell’s Place, which showcases a mix of traditional and original jazz songs.
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