NOLAS Trombone Torch Bearer
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Troy Andrews—better known as Trombone Shorty—will bring his Grammy-nominated, Crescent City magic to the Center Theater this Tuesday. He performed at the Grammy Awards in 2014 with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the same year he brought a raucous show to the Jackson Hole Live audience.
Andrews fronted his first band at age six and then miraculously toured internationally as a twelve year-old. Now thirty-two, Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have established themselves through a dizzying concoction of jamband and jazz improvisation, hard-edged rock guitar, and hip-hop beats.
The band’s 7th studio release, Parking Lot Symphony, features two classic remakes of New Orleans tunes including his hero Allen Toussaint’s “Here Come the Girls” and The Funky Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use.” The remainder of the album features original material ranging from ‘70s soul to deeply grooving, brass-heavy funk and rock.
An everlasting thinker and proprietor of feel good music at his concerts, Trombone Shorty also has the education of touring the world with Lenny Kravitz at age nineteen. That experience had a huge impact on the prodigy musician, whom also wields a trumpet when not melting faces on the trombone and singing. Six-piece Orleans Avenue pushes far beyond the street music aesthetic, stretching out into straight funk, blues, rock, soul and R&B, channeling James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Bring your get-down dance shoes—this isn’t sit-down, golf clap music.
The Center for the Arts presents Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Center Theater. This show is sold out. To join the waitlist for tickets ($62-$77), visit JHCenterForTheArts.org.