Encapsulating jazzy funk with a hip-hop twist, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue creates an unforgettable listening experience.
The band has toured across the United States, Canada and beyond, and on Jan. 17 it will bring its boisterous sound to The Blue Note stage. In addition to headlining its own shows, the Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is currently an opener for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' North American tour.
The band produces an eclectic intonation by using guitar, bass guitar, baritone sax, tenor sax, drums and of course, the trombone.
Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, is the frontman of the funk band. Music runs through his veins -- Andrews was born in New Orleans in the jazz-rich Tremé neighborhood, and he appeared in the HBO show of the same name. He comes from a long line of successful musicians. Andrews began touring internationally when he was just 12 years old, and he has collaborated with varied artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Rebirth Brass Band and Dr. John.
His hometown has always influenced his musical style. In an interview with The Times-Picayune, Andrews spoke about his life, his time on the road and his hometown. “It's a magical thing that happens here in New Orleans that we can't figure out yet, but we're just going with it,” he said. “I think it's the influences of different people here.”
The band's energetic stage presence, with Andrews at its center, draws in listeners with a raucous yet soulful sound. At The Blue Note this Tuesday, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be playing with Smooth Hound Smith, an American roots duo from Nashville, Tennessee.