BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have been recognized in the Best Cajun Album category for their 2013 CD From Bamako to Carencro and have been nominated for Best Cajun Artist, a category they have won an amazing 13 times. Once again Jon Cleary appears in Best Piano / Keyboardist category. Cleary will also be performing at the awards show, with his band Absolute Monster Gentlemen featuring Nigel Hall. The awards event will be held at Generations Hall on January 18, 2014. To buy tickets, see here.
..Trombone Shorty was featured on Cee Lo's Magic Moment CD in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category as well as a special guest appearance on the Hot 8's The Life & Times of CD in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category.
This new episode, titled "Yes We Can Can", is named after Allen Toussaint's song and is played by the fictional WWOZ DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) in the opening scenes. Past seasons of Treme have also had episodes named after the legendary New Orleans musician's compositions including episodes in season two; "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky" and "On Your Way Down".
BeauSoleil's Michael Doucet appears in this latest episode greeting one of the main characters, Annie Tee (Lucia Micarelli), as she leaves the stage after her performance. Michael is then joined by the rest of BeauSoleil for an on-screen performance of their song "L'Amour ou La Folie", a track taken from their 1995 release of the same name.
NOVEMBER 2013: Rosebud Artists Place High In DownBeat Readers Poll, Trombone Shorty Wins Best Trombonist, Bill Frisell #2 Best Guitarist
Ten Rosebud artists were ranked among the best musicians in the 78th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll (December 2013 Issue). Trombone Shorty won the Trombone category outright for the second year in a row, and he and his band, Orleans Avenue, placed in the top artists ranked for the Jazz Group category. Bill Frisell came in second in the Guitarist category (he won the category overall in the recent Downbeat critics poll for the fifth consecutive year and twelfth time in the past sixteen years!) and placed high in three additional categories: Jazz Artist, Composer, and Jazz Album of the Year (for Big Sur). Also scoring high in a variety of categories this year were some of Bill's recent collaborators including John Zorn, Gary Peacock, Kenny Wollesen, Brian Blade, Joey Baron, Eyvind Kang, Jenny Scheinman, Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd and Lee Konitz.
Multiple Rosebud artists took prominent spots in the Blues Artist or Group category, with Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball and Duke Robillard as top contenders this year. Charlie also ranked in the top ten in the Blues Album category for Get Up!, his recent collaboration with Ben Harper. Also scoring in the Blues Album category was Jon Cleary for his album, Occapella, a collection of songs written by Rosebud artist Allen Toussaint. Toussaint himself was named in the Best Arranger category for the fourth consecutive year.
Meshell Ndegeocello was ranked in the Beyond Artist or Group category for the second year in a row as well as in the Electric Bass category, along with Robert Glasper Experiment bassist, Derrick Hodge, who Meshell appeared with on Glasper's album, Black Radio (2012).
Muddy Waters, a Rosebud artist until his passing, was ranked twice among the readers' top choices in the Historical Album of the Year category for his own album, You Shook Me: The Chess Masters, Vol. 3, 1958 To 1963, and for his collaboration with The Rolling Stones, Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981, which also features Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who Rosebud represents for his rare jazz performances.
Congratulations to all the artists. To Catch Them Perform Live On Stage, See Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2013: Trombone Shorty's "Fire And Brimstone" Music Video Premiers On Vevo, Feature On NPR's All Things Considered - And Behind The Scenes Interviews With Raphael Saadiq Online At Okayplayer's The Revivalist, Complex And BLURT
Trombone Shorty was also featured on NPR's flagship program, All Things Considered, on October 10, 2013. The interview discusses Trombone Shorty's efforts to keep the New Orleans sound evolving not only through the music he's creating, but also by engaging the youth of New Orleans through his music education initiative, Trombone Shorty Foundation. NPR also goes on to describe his reuniting of The Meters on his new CD, Say That To Say This, as "a bit of a local miracle".
Three behind the scenes videos featuring interviews with Raphael Saadiq and Trombone Shorty from the Say That To Say This recording sessions have recently premiered via key outlets including Okayplayer's The Revivalist, Complex TV, Vevo, and BLURT, who described Trombone Shorty as a "national treasure." The videos discuss how Saadiq and Trombone Shorty's relationship came about and their roles as co-producers during the creation of the new album.
Say That To Say This was recently named an All Music Editors' Choice for the month of September. In addition to a near 5 star review given by All Music, the album's artwork was also featured prominently on their homepage (and still is as of this writing). All Music described the album as "much more disciplined, as revealed by this collection of groove-conscious soul and modern NOLA funk..." and goes on to say, "Ultimately, with all of its confidence, production polish, and sophistication, this is the album that should break Trombone Shorty to a much wider, more diverse audience." To check out the full All Music write up for Say That To Say Thisclick here.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue horn players Dan Oestricher and Tim McFatter will also perform the national anthem at the New Orleans Saints 2013-14 Regular Season Opening Game against the Atlanta Falcons on September 8, 2013 at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This performance marks a special return to the Superdome for Trombone Shorty as he also performed with Green Day and U2 in 2006 for the Saints' first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina (also against the Falcons). Trombone Shorty was also featured performing in the Saints video trailer for the game, with the title track from his new CD prominently playing throughout the video. Check out the video here.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are embarking on an extensive worldwide tour in support of the new CD - to catch them live on stage, See Tour Dates >>
JULY 2013: Trombone Shorty's Say That To Say This, Produced With Raphael Saadiq, Out September 10 Plus USA TODAY Debuts Brand New Single, "Fire & Brimstone"
Trombone Shorty's new album, Say That To Say This, is set for release on September 10 via Verve. The debut single from the album, "Fire & Brimstone", premiered exclusively on USATODAY.com on July 18. Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) co-produced the 10-track CD with Grammy-nominated R&B virtuoso, Raphael Saadiq. The album also features Trombone Shorty performing with funk legends, the original Meters with Cyril Neville on "Be My Lady", marking The Meters' first studio recording together since 1977. "It's really funky, like James Brown funk mixed with New Orleans Meters and Neville Brothers mixed with what I do on top… And we have a bit of R&B from Raphael's side," said Andrews about the new record. Saadiq added, "If you're a producer or musician, you want to work with other great musicians because it only betters you… I was just honored to be a part of the project."
Say That To Say This follows Trombone Shorty's Grammy-nominated For True which spent twelve weeks at #1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart and garnered rave reviews from major news outlets including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Billboard, USA TODAY, and NPR. Since For True's release, Andrews has performed at The White House and played on recent releases by everyone from Zac Brown to Rod Stewart to Eric Clapton and Cee Lo Green. He's appeared on the covers of Downbeat and Jazziz Magazines, as well as performed on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In May 2013, he took on the highly prestigious slot closing the entire New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (previously held for over two decades by The Neville Brothers). Andrews has also taken steps to help young students in his own community by creating and fostering a mentoring program at Tulane University via his Trombone Shorty Foundation.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have confirmed a relentless tour schedule in support of the new album, including performances at the Newport Folk Festival, Outside Lands in San Francisco and New York's Central Park Summerstage, as well as dates with The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band and Grace Potter. To Catch Trombone Shorty Live, please see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2013: Trombone Shorty Tops DownBeat Critics Poll’s Rising Star: Trombone Category
And Ranks Among Top Vote Getters in Three Other Categories
Trombone Shorty scored a win in DownBeat magazine's 61st Annual Critics
Poll (August 2013 issue) for Rising Star: Trombone. This is his first win in
this category where he has ranked among the top contenders for
the preceding four years. Trombone Shorty is also ranked third in the
overall Best Trombone category. And once again he is named among the top
picks in the Rising Star: Jazz Artist category - the fifth time since 2009 - and is named, with Orleans Avenue, in the Rising Star: Jazz Group category
for the second consecutive year.
Congratulations to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and to all the other
artists recognized in this year's poll.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are currently on tour in Europe with
further US dates confirmed for late July onwards. To catch Trombone Shorty
perform live, please see Tour Dates >>
JUNE 2013: Rosebud Artists Featured On Independent Music Award-Winning/Nominated Works
Johnny A. is featured on Thank You Les: A Tribute To Les Paul, an album and documentary which won the Tribute Album category as well as the Long Form Video Category. Co-produced by long-time Les Paul Trio sideman, Lou Pallo, Thank You Les also features Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Slash, Jose Feliciano, Billy Gibbons and Bucky Pizzarelli in addition to Johnny.
Loudon Wainwright III also joined the nominated Rosebud artists this year for his track, "The Panic Is On", on Occupy This Album which was nominated in the Compilation Album Category. Occupy This Album, a 4-disc set with music from over 50 artists, features greats such as Yoko Ono, Warren Haynes, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Willie Nelson in addition to Loudon.
The Independent Music Awards are determined by influential industry judges as well as music fans. Click here Please visit independentmusicawards.com for a complete list of all of this year's winners and nominees.
To Catch Johnny A., Loudon Wainwright III, and Trombone Shorty Live, See Tour Dates >>
Trombone Shorty, Grammy Award Nominee | "The Visionaries Series"
(release May 31, 2013)
MAY 2013: Trombone Shorty Featured on Complex Magazine's "The Visionaries" Series Presented By Cadillac, Also Upcoming Performance At Red Rocks Amphitheater With Big Head Todd & The Monsters Will Be Broadcast On AXS TV
AXS TV's promotional video for the event featuring footage from Trombone Shorty's closing set at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Trombone Shorty's upcoming performance with Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the scenic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on June 8, 2013 will be broadcast live on AXS TV at 6:00pm PT. This live broadcast follows on the heels of AXS TV's live coverage of Shorty's performance closing the entire 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 5, 2013. The upcoming June 8 performance marks a special homecoming for local stars, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, as they return to Red Rocks for the 20th Anniversary of their album, Sister Sweetly. For more details on the broadcast and to subscribe to AXS TV click here.
MAY 2013: James Cotton On NPR's Weekend Edition And In Rolling Stone - Trombone Shorty Recently Featured On NPR's Talk Of The Nation
James Cotton will be featured on one of NPR's flagship programs, Weekend Edition, on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The interview comes just four days after the release of Cotton Mouth Man - Cotton's brand new autobiographical album which features special collaborators Gregg Allman, Keb' Mo', Delbert McClinton, and Rosebud artist and 2013 Blues Music Award winner (for Best Traditional Blues Female Artist), Ruthie Foster, telling his story. For more info on the program and to check local affiliates click here. In addition to Weekend Edition, watch for Cotton on NPR again on an upcoming episode of World Café. For more details on that click here.
On reviewing the new album, Rolling Stone proclaimed that Cotton is "A world-class harmonica-playing bluesman... boasting fine musicianship and the same undeniable spirit Cotton has displayed for close to 60 years now," while Chicago Tribune stated, "Listen to Cotton's harmonica playing on the album - gritty, gutsy, ferociously uninhibited - and you're hearing what great blues harp work is all about. No wonder they call him 'Superharp.'" To read Rolling Stone's review click here, and to read Chicago Tribune's full article and interview click here.
Also on NPR, Trombone Shorty was featured on Talk of the Nation on May 7, 2013 in an interview along with WWNO correspondent, Gwen Thompkins. The program focused on the state of New Orleans since its struggle with the recession, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and multiple hurricanes since Katrina. In addition to discussing the Trombone Shorty Foundation and Shorty's recent prestigious performance closing the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the program also highlighted the unique experiences of visitors to the city of New Orleans with host Neil Conan asking listeners to join the conversation and share their "post card from New Orleans." To listen to the full show click here.
MAY 2013: Marcia Ball, Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite, And Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue To Be Featured On AXS TV's Live Coverage Of 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Marcia Ball's performance, Charlie Musselwhite's performance with Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty's prestigious closing set at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be broadcast on AXS TV. AXS TV's live coverage will begin May 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT with programming continuing through May 5. This is the first ever live TV broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and it will also feature other major artists including Billy Joel, John Mayer, Willie Nelson & Family, Widespread Panic, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Phoenix, Gary Clark Jr., Cowboy Mouth and Galactic. The live coverage will also feature on-the-scene and backstage reports from around the festival with Savannah Jane Buffett, daughter of Jimmy Buffet, reporting. More info on broadcast times for each performance will be posted at axs.tv/jazzfest. To find an AXS TV channel on your TV provider please visit axs.tv/subscribe.
An audio stream of AXS TV's live coverage will be available on TuneIn, an online radio network. TuneIn's broadcast will also be from May 3 and continue through May 5, and it can be found on it's New Orleans Jazz Fest Radio Station. TuneIn's New Orleans Jazz Fest Radio Station is currently playing a mix of music from artists performing at this year's Jazz Fest.
To Catch Marcia Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, and Trombone Shorty Live, See Tour Dates >>
APRIL 2013: Trombone Shorty Foundation's First Annual "Shorty Fest" Announced, Plus Trombone Shorty Honored With Closing Set At The 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival And Official Jazz Fest Commemorative Envelope
Trombone Shorty has also been honored by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The New Orleans Post Office with their 2013 Commemorative Souvenir Envelope. Previous envelope honorees include New Orleans icons such as Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, and Ellis Marsalis. The New Orleans Post Office will hold a ceremony for the envelope's unveiling in honor of Shorty at Café Istanbul in New Orleans on April 25, 2013. For more details on the event, please visit CafeIstanbulNOLA.com.
APRIL 2013: Trombone Shorty Featured On KING's (Joe King of The Fray) New Single/Video And On Upcoming Releases By Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk And Robert Randolph - Plus New Raphael Saadiq-produced Album Out This Summer
Trombone Shorty is featured on KING's (Joe King of The Fray) new single, "Need A Woman By Friday". The track was released in March and the official video (also featuring Shorty) is now available. The video, which premiered exclusively on VH1.com, features KING, Shorty, and other musicians and revelers second-lining down the streets of New Orleans. KING stated to VH1 about their collaboration, "you usually don't hear a trombone on pop records because its sound can sometimes dominate a track...But in working with ...Troy... the instrument added a unique and distinguishable element to the song."
In the coming months watch for Shorty on releases from Robert Randolph & The Family Band as well as Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk. Randolph's upcoming release (also featuring Carlos Santana) is noted as being a return to the joyful, high energy music that has become his trademark. A lifelong friend of Ivan Neville's, Shorty collaborated on Dumpstaphunk's upcoming album, Dirty Word. The album also features Flea and Ani DiFranco in addition to Shorty, and is set for release in June 2013.
This summer look out for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's new album produced by Grammy-winning Raphael Saadiq. Recorded in both Los Angeles and New Orleans, the album will be Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's third album released via Verve/Universal. The band will embark on an international tour in support of the new album this year.
FEBRUARY 2013: Trombone Shorty Performs At Six Super Bowl XLVII Events, Featured In New Lenny Kravitz Documentary
Trombone Shorty performed at six Super Bowl XLVII related events over Super Bowl XLVII weekend in New Orleans. Among the events were the Super Bowl Boulevard concert series at Woldenberg Park and a number of private performances for organizations including Pepsi and Playboy.
The rich history of "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Trombone Shorty is also featured in the new Lenny Kravitz documentary, Looking Back On Love: Making Black and White America. Released January 29, 2013, the film was created by the GRAMMY-nominated Mathieu Bitton and follows the making of Kravitz's recently released ninth studio album, Black And White America. Also appearing in the film is Kravitz's musical partner, Craig Ross, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and The Rebirth Brass Band. Kravitz (who plays bass on "Roses" from For True) has a long-standing bond with Shorty as he discovered the then-teenage prodigy in 2005 and took him on tour with his band. The documentary is now available on iTunes.
JANUARY 2013: Trombone Shorty Honored With 3 Best Of The Beat Awards, Featured At The 2013 Green Inaugural Ball
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has yet again been honored with multiple Best of the Beat Awards. The awards are voted on by the general public and presented by OffBeat Magazine. For the third year in a row, Trombone Shorty was awarded Artist of the Year (his fifth overall), Best R&B/Funk Artist (also his fifth overall) and Best Trombonist. Trombone Shorty was also featured on two other albums that received Best of the Beat Awards: Preservation Hall Jazz Band's St. Peter & 57th St. for Best Traditional Jazz Album and Galatic's Carnivale Electricos for Best R&B/Funk Album. The Best of the Beat ceremony took place January 18th at Generations Hall in New Orleans. For a complete list of winners click here.
In other news, Trombone Shorty and Mike "Bass" Ballard were featured performers at the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball in honor of President Barack Obama on January 20th, the night before the presidential swearing-in ceremony. The Green Ball, which was held at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., featured a variety of talented artists in addition to Shorty including will.i.am., Mark McGrath, Paul Winter, Sheila E and "The Voice's" Nicholas David. It also saw a range of celebrities and political figures in attendance with speeches from Vice President Joe Biden, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, "Damages" actor Tate Donovan, "Breaking Bad's" Giancarlo Esposito and Bill Nye "The Science Guy".