Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews earned his nickname in brass-band parades, and was leading his own jazz groups by age 6—years before he could even hold the instrument correctly. Now a part of New Orleans’ horn legacy, Andrews is one of many artists dealing with a post-Katrina dystopia while paradoxically taking advantage of the musical opportunities the disaster has afforded him. Andrews has played rock trombone with everyone from U2 to Green Day to Lenny Kravitz, but he clearly prefers to inhabit the R&B hemisphere while headlining, drawing funk and hip-hop out of his five-piece Orleans Avenue. But his newest album, 2011’s For True, features guest appearances from Kravitz, Kid Rock, Warren Haynes, and Jeff Beck, for what it’s worth.