El Rey Theater in Los Angeles

I caught Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews at the El Rey theater in March opening for the New Mastersounds.  I heard him live for the first time at the New Orleans Jazzfest in 2009.  First was sitting in with a combination of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band and then sitting in with Galactic on a river boat cruise.  Two months later he played a free show at Hollywood and Highland as part of KKJZ’s summer concert series.  I have been blown away every time!  His tone on trumpet and trombone is clear and powerful – whether he’s playing over other horns or a guitar and organ driven rhythm section.  His melodic sense shows his deep New Orleans roots – he is supafunky, the first rock star trombone player since someone your grandparents listened to.  His new CD and first national release, “Backatown” drops  on 4-20 – check back for a review.

From the KKJZ show I mentioned in Hollywood: