Gumbo. That’s one word you could use to describe the music of New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. He mixes funk, hip-hop, jazz, rock and plenty of other musical ingredients into a spicy, distinctive sound that satisfies the soul. Here's how he described his sound in the press release for his latest album, Say That To Say This: “really funky, like James Brown mixed with the Meters and Neville Brothers, with what I do on top.”
Andrews is a prodigious, prolific and passionate performer. His bandleading career started at age six. He toured internationally when he was 12 and he joined Lenny Kravitz's horn section at the age of 19.
In 2008 Trombone Shorty appeared on Capital Public Radio’s Insight program. He explained where his nickname came from and what it was like growing up in Tremé, near the French Quarter.
Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue have toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, Russia and Brazil. They’ve performed on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan, and this past January they played at the Grammies with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah. Trombone Shorty also played himself in a recurring role on the hit HBO series "Tremé" In 2012.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will perform at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe on Thursday, August 21st.