Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, is an innovator. Born in the Treme section of New Orleans (you know, like the HBO show), Andrews has the sound of Nawlins jazz in his blood.
And while there’s something to be said about keeping that music pure (do yourself a favor and check out the Preservation Hall Jazz Band if they come to your town … or better yet, head down to the French Quarter and experience Preservation Hall in all its glory) Andrews does an admirable job of spicing up the classics with some modern flavor.
While Andrews has been playing the trombone since the age of six, he truly came into his own back in 2009 when he brought in Orleans Avenue as his backing band and with them some funk and hip hop elements to the signature sound of his hometown.
Not surprisingly, Andrews was recruited to appear in several episodes of “Treme” and has toured the world with his band’s sublime live show.
The latest album from Trombone Shorty, 2013’s Say That to Say This, is perhaps his best, a non-stop dance party (yes, it even gets yours truly to move somewhat) that’s been a constant fixture on my turntable.
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