New Blue Note Records Signee, the Electrifying Trombone Shorty, Goes Supafunkrocking at Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002
One of the most dynamic and energetic of today’s young jazz musicians, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (guess what instrument he wields?…it’s trick question because beside trombone, he plays trumpet, drums and sings) took full advantage of growing up in New Orleans, leading his own band at the age of 6, gigging all over the Crescent City with brass bands, touring around the world with Lenny Kravitz’s funk-rock band and then launching his solo career shortly after and even appeared in several episodes of the TV series Treme.
At age 31 today, he’s a bonafide star—part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans—with his music that he calls “supafunkrock.” He’s spark plug of a performer, and now he’s been signed to the prestigious Blue Note Records which loves his brass band beats and wild runs of improvisation. Trombone’s coming up on the debut release for the label, Parking Lot Symphony (April 28), of which he says, “It’s a life record about prevailing no matter what type of roadblock is in front of you.” On it, he delivers ten new originals as well as covers of Allen Toussaint (“Here Come The Girls”) and The Meters (“It Ain’t No Use”). His CD release party at Bowery Ballroom is already sold out, but be aware of some last-minute grabs. —Dan Ouellette