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: