Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
July 10, 2014
Troy Andrews, also known by the stage name Trombone Shorty, is a 28-year-old trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana who began playing trombone as a child and has played in the band Orleans Avenue since 2009. The band stirs together old school jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats and they've added some tangy new ingredients as they keep pushing the envelope, exploring new musical territory.
Andrews has made quite an impression on the critics. "Trombone Shorty is so ready for his close-up," The New York Times reviewer Nate Chinen wrote, describing the young virtuoso as "a native prodigy destined for breakout success." The San Francisco Chronicle's Joel Selvin hailed him as "New Orleans' brightest new star in a generation." And The Washington Post's Mike Joyce described one live performance as "a near-deafening, funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds and guitar distortion that might have knocked the crowd sideways had there been any room to move."
Orleans Avenue features guitarist Pete Murano, bassist Mike Ballard, drummer Joey Peebles, Tim McFatter on tenor sax and Dan Oestreider on baritone sax.