Seva Venet and his Storyville Stringband

Seva came to New Orleans from Los Angeles in 1999. In L.A., He worked as a professional musician and supplemented his income by teaching guitar to 35-40 students a week. He played in Traditional Jazz bands, Cajun and zydeco bands, country and western bands, blues bands and rock and roll bands. He came to New Orleans because he wanted to learn more about the music he loves to play and teach: American roots music, especially Traditional Jazz. The music and culture in New Orleans changed his life and he knew that he could continue developing his craft while making a living and contributing to the community so he moved here later that same year after busking in Europe on a 10 week 10 city tour in the summer.

Seva’s education came from a few very good teachers (Bill Harkleroad (a.k.a. Zoot Horn Rollo), Ted Greene, and his uncle the legendary producer Nik Venet, as well as a healthy stream of self-education, and some college. He was introduced to the New Orleans Traditional Jazz style by playing several years in a band with George Lewis style Albert system clarinetist Mike McClelland. In New Orelans Seva found his teachers in New Orleans Jazz in Tuba Fats and his band. After arriving in New Orleans, he worked with Tuba Fats and His Chosen Few for four years with many long days in Jackson Square, as well as an 18 month engagement at Donna’s Bar and Grill, and a myriad of other engagements including second lines, French Quarter Fest, and Krewe du Vieux to name a few.

By the time Tuba passed in 2004, Seva had picked up banjo and branched out to work with hundreds of other local musicians. But it was during his time with Tuba that he was introduced to many of the local greats including Leroy Jones, Greg Stafford, Tanio Hingle, Fredric “Shep” Sheppard, and Daryl “Little Jazz” Adams, as well as Jack Fine, Washboard Chaz, and many others. Today he works his own Stringband as well as with the Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, Greg Stafford, Shannon Powell, Lars Edegran, Lionel Ferbos, Clive Wilson, Tommy Sancton, Preservation Hall, Panorama Jazz Band, The Palmetto Bug Stompers and many other New Orleans greats. In 2007 He released his debut CD “What’s in the Bag” with a follow up in 2008 released on the GHB label “Mens Working”. Both CDs are available at the Louisiana Music Factory or on my web page at