"Shorty's a genius. He plays his ass off and is a wonderful person. "This is the opinion succinctly radio-rock superstar Lenny Kravitz About Troy Andrews, who has the nickname Trombone Shorty acquired as a toddler. Kravitz knows whereof he speaks. When he went on a world tour in 2005, he took the then only 19 year-old all-rounder with. The following year, Shorty told then the stage with rock legends U2 and Green Day, as the Superdome in New Orleans, which was as large parts of the whole city drawn by Hurricane Katrina affected, was reopened. U2's Bono and The Edge belonged at this time for several years to his biggest fans.
In his hometown of New Orleans Trombone Shorty has long been known as like a sore thumb. In Europe it is the musician who has been apostrophized as the "Prince" of jazz, now know. On "Backatown", his Verve Forecast debut album, presents the now 24 year old us his diverse talents before: for Trombone Shorty - even if his nickname suggests this - not only a virtuoso trombonist, but also a brilliant trumpeter, charismatic singer and versatile songwriter who will not be impressed by the style limits Ever.
Born in 1986 in New Orleans, Troy Andrews grew up in an area in the Treme neighborhood, which is known locally as "Back of Town" or "Backatown". Treme is considered the "most musical neighborhood of most musical city in the USA", and the heart of this area is again the legendary Congo Square. inter alia, to the musicians who came into the world in Treme, include the Creole Jazz clarinetist Alphonse Picou and trumpeter Kermit Ruffin. And the Rebirth Brass Band was standing there her cradle. In this populated by musicians of all stylistic persuasions around Troy Andrews grew up and marched almost as soon as his legs could carry him, with the ubiquitous brass bands around the neighborhood. Nicknamed Trombone Shorty gave him his Elder brother James when he saw tamper with such a street parade with a trumpet the four-year Troy, which was twice the size of small bellows. Before he first picked up a trumpet in his hand and was to Trombone Shorty, Troy Andrews had learned marching drum and trumpet. With six years of precocious tot was already so good that he (the one in Treme way as "Satchmo of the Ghetto" knows) could keep playing in the jazz band trumpet of his older brother James. Soon after Troy formed his own band with other boys his age. With this was already his current bandmate Dwayne "Big D" Williams. Your preferred stage was the Jackson Square, where they performed in front of passers-by and grossed on good weekends $ 400 a nose. Occasionally landed the young band a chance to perform in one of the small local clubs. In one of these gigs, snowed randomly Bono and The Edge in and were five minutes later already fans of the then twelve-year Trombone Shorty. "The store was upside down when we got there," The Edge is a reminder of the memorable encounter. "It played a little funk band, consisting only of brass. Something I had never heard or seen. Shorty bowled us over completely. After a few tequilas danced Bono and I. With a horde girl over the tables It was one of those nights that you will never forget. "Such nights preparing Trombone Shorty his audience regularly since then. His first album, "Trombone Shorty's Swingin 'Gate", he took in 2002 with sixteen years. And even then he was not satisfied, classics like the "St. interpret James Infirmary Blues "Percy Mayfield's" Hit The Road, Jack "or Miles Davis'" Four ", but played courageously and six original compositions. The reflected naturally resist the musical diversity of New Orleans, has grown up with the Trombone Shorty.
With his band Orleans Avenue he does on "Backatown" now still a big step forward. The musical tradition of New Orleans serves him as a springboard to more contemporary sounds. Troy Andrews is a "Young Lion" with scharfgewetzten teeth, the tradition has indeed learned from the bottom up, honoring today, but nothing less like a musical standstill. He is a young jazz Outlaw with funky appeal.
"Jazz musicians can quite narrow-minded and intolerant be," said Shorty. "And I did not feel it to be one of those musicians who recycle only what others had played in front of them. I would not move ahead namely. The band's sound has evolved in a natural way, each of us contributes with his personal preferences in this. I come from Treme, and there does one music to have fun and dance. And that's what I wanted to pick up with my band and lift to a new level. I always wanted just for my peers play and do something that both me and the audience engaged holds. "
With "Backatown" it is the terrific success. The sound is young, hot, cool, funky and modern. It is a highly explosive mixture of funk, rock, rhythm and blues, jazz and hip-hop, which he calls greatly shortening "Supafunkrock". The album was produced by Ben Ellman, his character Saxophonist also dating New Orleans funk and jazz jam band Galactic. Guests Trombone Shorty Lenny Kravitz could (on its next album, he will also be heard), the Bayou Soul musician Marc Broussard and the man win, without the music scene of New Orleans today hardly that would be what it is: Allen Toussaint.
That Trombone Shorty is now one of the hottest rising stars of black music scene, also makes it clear that the American screenwriter and producer David Simon him ( "The Wire", "Generation Kill," "Homicide") for a supporting role in his already highly praised by the US criticism HBO television series "Treme" committed. He is then next actor likes of John Goodman, Wendell Pierce, Steve Zahn and Khandi Alexander and fellow musicians like Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Sammie Williams, Donald Harrison, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, Deacon John and the Rebirth Brass band to see and hear.
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