Originally from Washington DC, John Royen moved to New Orleans in 1976 as an up and comer Jazz pianist to learn from and play with the best Jazz musicians in the country. He was fortunate enough to study with the great Don Ewell and to pick up some important pointers from the likes of Joe Turner and Washington DC pianist John Eaton. Since his arrival in New Orleans, he has been a fixture on the Jazz scene here both as a popular on-call pianist and as a core member of most of the well known Jazz groups.
Having an extensive knowledge of Jazz history, John can deliver a variety of musical presentations from a solo or ensemble Jazz performance to a lecture on early Jazz and its development. With over 25 years of experience, he can draw on the finest musicians from New Orleans and around the country to assemble a variety of Jazz groups for any type of function.