Papa Grows Funk

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Papa Grows Funk
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres funk, Jazz
Years active 2000-2013
Website [1]
Members John "Papa" Gros
June Yamagishi
Jason Mingledorf
Marc Pero
Jeffery "Jellybean" Alexander
Past members Russell Batiste, Jr.

Papa Grows Funk is a funk band from New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] The band was started by frontman John "Papa" Gros early 2000, developing from a series of Monday night jam sessions helmed by Gros at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar. Gros would invite some friends down to play, and the impromptu jams became a common bond for a handful of musicians, including guitarist June Yamagishi, sax player Jason Mingledorf, bassist Marc Pero and drummer Jeffery "Jellybean" Alexander, who now make up Papa Grows Funk.

They played in front of a hometown crowd at The Voodoo Experience held at City Park in New Orleans over Halloween weekend 2009.[2]


It has been widely reported that the band has been on "indefinite hiatus"[3] since June 29, 2013. [4]


  • Doin' It (2001)
  • Shakin' (2003)
  • Live at the Leaf (2006)
  • Mr. Patterson's Hat (2007)
  • Needle in the Groove (2012)
  • The Last Leaf (Live) (2016)


  1. ^ Samantha Cook - New Orleans 2001- Page 226 "Since the 1960s New Orleans has also been known for its homegrown funk - Galactic and Papa Grows Funk are currently the hottest on the scene,"
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  3. ^ Spera, Keith. "Papa Grows Funk to Call It Quits". Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Spera, Keith. "Papa Grows Funk prepares to say goodbye for now with final Tipitina's show". Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 

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