Bluesfest Snapshot: Trombone Shorty

Photo by KT Bell

Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews and Orleans Orchestra put on a stellar performance at Bluesfest, wowing audiences with word spreading quickly among the crowd not to miss his second set.  Trombone Shorty took a few minutes out to be a guest at the Rhythms Magazine Q&A Tent, luckily we stopped in to hear some of his amazing story:

His very first show was in 1991 at 4 years of age, the trombone he played was bigger than him – that’s how he got his name. Later that same day he played with the legendary Bo Diddly – he had no idea at the time who he was and said that at the time he didn’t even know who his brother (renowned trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews) was.

When asked about his choice of instrument, he explained he didn’t have much of a choice growing up in choosing the Trombone, his brother idolised Louis Armstrong who always had a trombonist beside him and his brother wanted Troy to be his trombone playing sidekick.

While most would assume his music is pigeon-holed by his instrument, funk, hip hop, rock, fun blues and more genres blend in to his energetic style which he attributed as a product of growing up in New Orleans, described as being made up of ‘musical gumbo’.

He is currently making a new album and right before the Q&A was listening to rough edits on his iPod. He said; “As a musician, you’re never comfortable with what you do, every time you hear something you always learn something new, the next minute or the next day. It’s just hard to really get concrete and get comfortable with it but just trying to get it together so we can get it out and so I can continue to tour. I’m ready to finish the record so we can get that out the way, and bring the music around the world.”

Trombone Shorty during Rhythms Q&A – Photo by KT Bell

Timber and Steel was able to ask one question of Trombone Shorty:

TnS: Do you prefer playing gigs and tours or do you prefer festivals like Bluesfest?

TS: “If I could play at Bluesfest every day, I would! It doesn’t matter, we get put in different situations, coming up in New Orleans we’re having a brass band, we play at funerals, later that day we’ll play birthday parties, we play at old folks homes. I mean, anywhere we can play music, it really doesn’t matter. Like, I enjoy it playing in the bathroom sometimes, so as long as I can blow a couple of notes I’m happy. Festivals are always good because we always meeting new people and we have to win them over, so, it’s always challenging but good excitement.”

Country of Origin: USA (New Orleans)
Sounds Like: The Cat Empire’s horn section on a wild party night
File Under: iTunes says Jazz, R&B/ Soul, myspace says funk, rock and soul – all of the above?

Keep an eye out for our review and photos!

Full recording of Rhythm Magazine‘s Q&A should be on their website in the coming weeks

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