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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Artpark
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Artpark

PHOTOS: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Artpark

by jmaloni
Mon, Jun 24th 2024 11:30 am

Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, brought his high-energy show to Artpark on Saturday, accompanied by the equally energetic Orleans Avenue. Jazz and funk filled the air, as the audience danced, clapped and enjoyed the concert.


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Trombone Shorty got his start (and nickname) earlier than most: At 4, he made his first appearance at Jazz Fest performing with Bo Diddley; at 6, he was leading his own brass band; and by his teenage years, he was hired by Lenny Kravitz to join the band he assembled for his “Electric Church World Tour.”

Shorty’s proven he’s more than just a horn player, though. Catch a gig, open the pages of the New York Times or Vanity Fair, flip on any late-night TV show, and you’ll see an undeniable star with utterly magnetic charisma, a natural born showman who can command an audience with the best of them.

Since 2010, he’s released four chart-topping studio albums; toured with everyone from Jeff Beck to the Red Hot Chili Peppers; collaborated across genres with Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Starr and countless more; played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, Newport Jazz, and nearly every other major festival; performed four times at the Grammy Awards, five times at the White House, on dozens of TV shows, and at the star-studded “Sesame Street Gala,” where he was honored with his own Muppet; launched the Trombone Shorty Foundation to support youth music education; and received the prestigious Caldecott Honor for his first children’s book.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Shorty now leads his own Mardi Gras parade atop a giant float crafted in his likeness; hosts the annual “Voodoo Threauxdown” shows that have drawn guests including Usher, Nick Jonas, Dierks Bentley, Andra Day and Leon Bridges to sit in with his band; and has taken over the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s hallowed final set, which has seen him closing out the internationally renowned gathering after performances by the likes of Neil Young, the Black Keys and Kings of Leon.

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