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".
DECEMBER 2012: Trombone Shorty Nominated For 4 OffBeat Magazine 2012 Best Of The Beat Awards
Trombone Shorty picks up 4 nominations in OffBeat Magazine's 2012 Best Of The Beat Awards. The 2012 awards mark the publication's 25th anniversary and its long history of promoting and spreading the music of Louisiana. Trombone Shorty was nominated for Artist Of The Year, Best Trumpeter, Best Trombonist and Best R&B/Funk Artist. He has scored wins in each of these categories in the past, with multiple wins for Artist Of The Year, Best Trumpeter and Best R&B/Funk Artist. Additionally, Preservation Hall Jazz Band's St. Peter & 57th Street (recorded live at Carnegie Hall) on which Shorty performs, was nominated for Best Traditional Jazz Album.
DECMBER 2012: Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Partners With Tulane University To Teach Underserved Students In The New Orleans Community
Five-year-old Trombone Shorty playing at a jazz funeral in the Treme neighborhood.
The Trombone Shorty Foundation has partnered with Tulane University to create an After School Academy to mentor aspiring, high school musicians in the New Orleans Area. The program, beginning in Spring 2013, aims to teach students the musical traditions of New Orleans as well as modern music styles including Andrews' own "SupaFunkRock". The program will feature direction from Trombone Shorty, Jazz pianist and Tulane Instructor, Jesse McBride, and Tulane students. "If we give other young musicians the opportunity, and they want it like Troy wanted it, we will have more successful young people," says Jesse McBride. The program also aims to teach the business know-how that will empower students to choose music as a career.
Andrews will take a hands-on role with the program's mentees, who will have opportunities to perform before large audiences once they achieve proficiency, said Bill Taylor, executive director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation. "He [Andrews] understands the value of receiving opportunity and how much of a game-changer it can be" said Taylor. It is the Foundation's hope that those opportunities will translate to a college education for the students, and although some who will join the academy may not currently aspire to attend college, organizers see bringing them into the campus community as the first step to changing their minds.
DECEMBER 2012: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Featured In Louisiana's Bicentennial TV Special, Sunshine By The Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music
Trombone Shorty is featured in The Louisiana Office of Tourism and The Louisiana Bicentennial Commission's Sunshine By The Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music. The program will air Sunday, December 9, 2012 on WLAE-TV and LPB at 7pm CT. Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Harry Connick, Jr. partnered with Louisiana Public Broadcasting on the project which features some of the state's biggest stars performing their own versions of "You Are My Sunshine" (recognized as one of the state's songs). In addition to Trombone Shorty, some of the greats featured on the program include: Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, The Marsalis Family, Harry Connick, Jr., Irma Thomas, Tim McGraw and Rebirth Brass Band.
Trombone Shorty is also featured on Rod Stewart's and Cee-Lo Green's new Christmas albums, Merry Christmas, Baby and Cee Lo's Magic Moment respectively.
Stewart's Christmas special will be Trombone Shorty's fourth television appearance in the last week alone. He was a featured guest with the Southern University Marching Band at the Bayou Classic on November 24 with the renowned group joining him on his own "Hurricane Season". The performance, as part of the annual football classic was broadcast nationwide on NBC from New Orleans' Superdome.
Earlier in the week, he and Maceo Parker were also featured as guests with Prince protégé, Andy Allo, on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, November 20th. And on Sunday November 25, Trombone Shorty was featured in the season finale of Treme jamming with Wendell Pierce, Big Sam and more.
NOVEMBER 2012: Trombone Shorty Tops DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll For Best Trombone Player
Trombone Shorty topped the Trombone category in the 77th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll (December 2012 Issue). Named "the most comprehensive Readers Poll in our history," the new issue also features Trombone Shorty in an in-depth story that discusses Shorty's career growth and future plans.
In addition to winning his namesake category, something that DownBeat noted as "an honor usually reserved for players twice his age," Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's For True was ranked in the Top Ten Jazz Albums of the Year. The band was also ranked among the top artists in the Jazz Group, as well as in the Beyond Artist or Group category. Trombone Shorty's Readers Poll win follows in the wake of high rankings in seven categories in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll earlier this year.
NOVEMBER 2012: Trombone Shorty Featured On Rod Stewart's Christmas CD, Merry Christmas, Baby, And On Stewart's PBS Christmas Concert Special
Trombone Shorty is featured on Rod Stewart's new CD, Merry Christmas, Baby. The album, out now, sees Trombone Shorty perform on two tracks, along with his Orleans Avenue band members Dan Oestreicher on Baritone Sax and Tim McFatter on Tenor Sax on the title track and "Red-Suited Super Man". The latter, co-written by Rod Stewart, David Foster and Amy Foster, is brand new and the only original track on the CD. Also appearing on Stewart's holiday release are such superstar names as Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Michael Bublé, Dave Koz, Chris Botti and posthumously, Ella Fitzgerald.
Trombone Shorty was also invited to perform on Rod Stewart's PBS Special, Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby which will air in December. Trombone Shorty plays on the CD's title track in the telecast, a song originally made famous by Rosebud client, the late Charles Brown, who sang the original hit version as a member of Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. The TV special also features duets with Michael Bublé and Mary J. Blige, as well as a 'virtual' duet with Ella Fitzgerald on the song "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" that also features Chris Botti. Stewart, the Grammy Award®-winning artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, said on reflection of the PBS show, "I've always wanted to do a Christmas special. And this was truly worth the wait because what we were able to accomplish is just beyond my wildest dreams."
Visit Great Performances Online at pbs.org/gperf for additional information and the program's air date, once it is announced. To keep up to date with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's scheduled live performances, see Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2012: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue To Join Kid Rock Cruise In March, 2013
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will join Kid Rock and other featured performers on the sold out 4th Annual Chillin' the Most Cruise from March 6 to 10, 2013. Kid Rock and Trombone Shorty first collaborated at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival when Trombone Shorty was invited to guest on Kid Rock's show. Later the two co-wrote the song "Mrs. Orleans" for Trombone Shorty's 2011 release, For True. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are slated to perform three shows over the course of the cruise, which will embark from Miami, FL and journey to a private island in the Bahamas. For more info and to apply to be on the waiting list for the sold out cruise please check out kidrockcruise.com.
OCTOBER 2012: Trombone Shorty Joins Prince on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Airing Tuesday, October 23rd on ABC
Trombone Shorty will join Prince and The NPG on Jimmy Kimmel Live! airing Tuesday, October 23rd on ABC at 12am / 11pm CT. Prince, who is appearing on the show as the musical guest, has invited Shorty to join him on this live TV broadcast. The appearance marks a return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! for Trombone Shorty who was featured as the primary musical guest on the show in September 2010 along with his own band, Orleans Avenue.
single from Superconductor featuring Prince, Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty
Shorty's upcoming appearance on Jimmy Kimmel will be the second time within a year that he's worked with Prince. Shorty recently recorded musical parts for the forthcoming album by Andy Allo called Superconductor, for which Prince is the executive producer. The album will also feature the legendary Maceo Parker. Trombone Shorty will also perform with Andy Allo on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel that is set for a December broadcast. For further program information regarding both episodes, please check abc.go.com/shows/jimmy-kimmel-live.
SEPTEMBER 2012: Rosebud Artists Featured on Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 50th Anniversary Recording
Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Trombone Shorty are featured on Preservation Hall Jazz Band's new CD, St. Peter & 57th St. The album, released September 25th on Rounder Records, was recorded at a live performance at the prestigious Carnegie Hall this past January in New York City where Toussaint, The Blind Boys and Trombone Shorty joined PHJB on stage along with other special guests including Steve Earle, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), My Morning Jacket and GIVERS.
The release celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Preservation Hall and its mission of preserving the musical culture and heritage of New Orleans. A portion of the album's sale will benefit Preservation Hall's ongoing music outreach program to pass down the traditions of New Orleans music to younger generations.
Rolling Stone premiered the track "It Ain't My Fault" which features Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty and Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def). "It Ain't My Fault," which PHJB, Bey and Shorty collaborated on in the past, has been a tool for protest in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Click here to listen to the track on RollingStone.com.
To see Allen Toussaint, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform live, see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2012: Trombone Shorty Featured On Zac Brown Band's Chart Topping Album, Uncaged
Trombone Shorty is featured on Zac Brown Band's chart topping album Uncaged. The new CD, released July 10, not only debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, it is joined by each of Zac's two previous studio releases in the top 20 with 2010's You Get What You Give (which also initially debuted at #1) at #16 and 2008's The Foundation coming in at #19 after 190 weeks on the chart.
Zac Brown was quoted in Billboard as saying, "...Trombone Shorty is one of the best entertainers out there, period. He's an incredible horn player." Amos Lee was the only other special guest featured on the CD. Orleans Avenue's saxophone players Dan Oestreicher and Tim McFatter joined Trombone Shorty on the track "Overnight". In the past year, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have joined the Zac Brown Band for several shows.
Congratulations to Zac Brown Band for the amazing chart success and the incredible kickoff for their new CD.
JULY 2012: Trombone Shorty Ranked In 7 Categories In DownBeat Critics Poll
Trombone Shorty ranked among the best in seven separate categories in The 60th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll (August 2012 issue). Trombone Shorty is featured, for an impressive fourth year in a row, in the Rising Star Trombone category and for the second year running in the Best Trombone Player category. He is ranked third this year as Rising Star Jazz Artist as well as being named in the best Beyond Artist or Group and Rising Star Jazz Group categories with his band, Orleans Avenue.
His current CD, For True, is also ranked among the top CDs in the best Beyond Album category. At this writing, For True sales continue to impress in its 43rd week of release and is still charting on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart in the Top 10.
Congratulations to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. To catch the band perform live see Tour Dates >>
JUNE 2012: Trombone Shorty Featured At Obama For America Event at Sarah Jessica Parker's New York Home
Trombone Shorty made a special appearance at an Obama for America fundraiser at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker in New York Thursday, June 14. Parker recently became a fan of Trombone Shorty and was eager to feature him at the event, attended by both the President and First Lady, Michelle Obama. Trombone Shorty flew in the same afternoon directly from a tour of Brazil in order to make the appearance. Among the impressive lineup of guests attending the special dinner and sharing their great appreciation for Trombone Shorty's set were Aretha Franklin and Meryl Streep.
This appearance comes close on the heels of Trombone Shorty's visit to the White House in February for a special Black History Month PBS taping of Red White & Blues along with BB King, Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Mick Jagger, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks and more. This event was a bit more intimate and featured just Trombone Shorty and his guitarist, Pete Murano and drummer, Joey Peebles.
JUNE 2012: Trombone Shorty Featured On Zac Brown Band's Upcoming "Uncaged"
Trombone Shorty, as well as Orleans Avenue's saxophone players Dan Oestreicher and Tim McFatter are featured on Zac Brown Band's new album Uncaged, performing on the track "Overnight". Uncaged will be released July 10 on Atlantic Records/Southern Ground Artists.
MAY 2012: Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Honored At Tulane University Commencement with President's Medal
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was honored at Tulane University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday May 19, 2012 with The President's Medal. The President's Medal was established in 1999 by President Scott S. Cowen. The medal is awarded at the sole discretion of the President to individuals who have distinguished themselves by their actions and who have contributed to the well-being of Tulane University or the city of New Orleans. Trombone Shorty has been considered an extraordinary worldwide musical ambassador for the City and his Horns For Schools Project, presented in collaboration with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, has helped schools across New Orleans.
Previous recipients of the award include Wendell Pierce, Wynton Marsalis, Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, James Carville, Mary Matalin, William Safire, Brian Williams and Cokie Roberts. In addition to the 2700 Graduates this year, recipients of honorary degrees also included Tulane graduate and current EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson as well as civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges and mathematician, Peter Lax.
APRIL 2012: Trombone Shorty and Dr. John Both Winners At Big Easy Music Awards
Trombone Shorty and Dr. John have both been honored with 2012 Big Easy Music Awards . Dr. John was awarded Best Rhythm 'N' Blues - an award he also won last year. At the 2009 Awards, Dr. John was honored as Entertainer of the Year and won Best Album of the Year for his GRAMMY-winning album City That Care Forgot. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was awarded Best Male Performer for the third year in a row and this is his fourth overall win in the category. He was also honored as Entertainer of the Year, at the 2010 Awards. Congratulations to all the winners!
MARCH 2012: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Featured in CBS Final Four Clip, Plus Troy Judges NOLA School Brass Band Competition
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue was featured in a 2-minute Clip directly preceding the CBS broadcast of the NCAA Final Four, took place in New Orleans, Saturday March 31. The band was filmed in classic New Orleans settings performing their song, "Do To Me". Mayor Mitch Landrieu is also shown joining Trombone Shorty in welcoming the NCAA Tournament and fans to The Crescent City. A second clip during the CBS Telecast also featured Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performing the song live.
Troy's fellow judges included Gregory Davis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Ben Jaffe (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), Derrick Tabb (Rebirth Brass Band), trumpeter Greg Stafford, Dr. Michael White, Sammie Williams (Big Sam's Funky Nation), trumpeter Shamarr Allen and Virgil Tille (former St. Augustine High School marching band director).
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are now off to play a major festival in Singapore followed by six festival and headlining shows in Australia. Catch the band on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2012: Trombone Shorty and Dr. John Both Nominated For Big Easy Music Awards
Trombone Shorty and Dr. John have both been nominated for Big Easy Music Awards. Dr. John is nominated for Best Rhythm 'N' Blues - an award he won last year. At the 2009 Awards, Dr. John was honored with the Entertainer of the Year Award and Best Album of the Year for his GRAMMY-winning album City That Care Forgot.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are nominated for three Big Easy Music Awards: Best Album for FOR TRUE, in addition to Best Contemporary Jazz and Best Male Performer for Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Last year, Troy was honored with his third Best Male Performer Award (his second win in a row in that category). He was also recognized as Entertainer of the Year at the 2010 Awards.
MARCH 2012: Trombone Shorty's Horns For Schools Donation Project With Mayor Mitch Landrieu Reaches 4th School!
Troy's ongoing Horns For Schools Project, in collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, has now reached it's fourth school this academic year! On March 19, Troy and the Mayor donated specially designed Trombone Shorty trumpets and trombones to Martin Behrman Charter Academy for Creative Arts and Sciences. Now a tradition, Troy performed for the students joined by the Mayor on trumpet. During the assembly, the Mayor brought a young boy up to the stage to show how small Troy had been when he was first handed a trombone. This school year, Troy and the Mayor have also presented sets of Trombone Shorty Model instruments to KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School, Warren Easton High School and Einstein Charter School. Troy plans to continue this mission into the future with schools throughout New Orleans. See Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews' Horns for Schools Project (hornsforschools.org) for information on the program and how you can help.
Following their 3rd show with Zac Brown Band March 23 and a hometown show at Hogs for the Cause March 24, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are off to play a major festival in Singapore followed by six festival and headlining shows in Australia. Catch the band on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2012: Trombone Shorty Plays NBA Hornets/Lakers Game and Continues His Horns For
Schools Donation Project With Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Trombone Shorty played the National Anthem at the NBA Hornets vs. Lakers Game at New Orleans Arena on March 14, followed by a half-time performance with Orleans Avenue. The crowd greeted the hometown heroes with a huge ovation.
The day before, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews collaborated once again with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, donating specially designed Trombone Shorty trumpets and trombones to Einstein Charter School as part of Troy's ongoing Horns For Schools project. The school's band students, comprised of students in grades 4-6, performed at the assembly. They were led by the school's Band Director Herman Jones, a music teacher for over 38 years whose past students include Troy. Troy also performed for the students, once again joined by the Mayor on trumpet.
Troy was joined by all star cast including Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. In addition to performances with all the artists playing together (including backing The President on a verse of "Sweet Home Chicago" - watch that clip here, Troy performed "St. James Infirmary," on his own backed by the house band. The esteemed audience joined Troy in the call-and-response lyrics and he received a standing ovation kicked off by Michelle Obama.
February 21, 2012: First Lady Speaks to Students at Blues Workshop
Earlier in the day, Troy participated in a special education program in The White House with Michelle Obama, Keb Mo and Shemekia Copeland. The artists spoke to an audience of students from across the country to discuss the Blues and took part in a Q & A with moderator Bob Santelli and members of the audience. Not included in the video are the closing performances from the artists, where Troy played "When the Saints Go Marching In," bringing everyone to their feet.
Troy will travel directly from Washington DC to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's debut in Moscow, Russia at the Triumph of Jazz festival, followed by dates in France, England and Spain. Recent US highlights include Grammy related events in Los Angeles (and a Grammy Award for Rebirth Brass Band's album for which Troy wrote the song "AP Touro") and a February 7 support slot with Troy's mentor and former bandleader, Lenny Kravitz in Minneapolis. Having started February in Japan and followed immediately by a Festival appearance in Quito, Ecuador, the dates in the US and Europe add up to concerts on 4 continents in this one month alone. Catch the band on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
Bill's All We Are Saying recently ranked #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart and has been in the Top 10 regularly since it's September release. For True by Trombone Shorty has been in the Contemporary Jazz Top 10 since it's debut, with 12 weeks at #1.
Related Rosebud Agency wins in the Rhythms Readers Poll include: Tinariwen's album Tassili, voted World Music Album of the Year (International) - it features The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Gregory Davis (Trumpet) and Roger Lewis (Saxophone); HBO's Treme won for Soundtrack (International), it includes songs by Trombone Shorty and Dr. John; and Tom Waits' Bad As Me won #2 Album of the Year (International), which features Charlie Musselwhite on five tracks. Congratulations to all the winners!
Check out Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Bill Frisell perform individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2012: Loudon Wainwright III Featured on 2012 GRAMMY Winning Soundtrack PLUS Dirty Dozen Brass Band Members and Trombone Shorty Contribute to GRAMMY Winners and More
Loudon Wainwright III is featured on the 2012 GRAMMY Winner for Best Compilation Soundtrack - Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 - performing the Irish folk song "Carrickfergus." Also contributing to this year's GRAMMY Winning Albums are The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Gregory Davis (Trumpet) and Roger Lewis (Saxophone) and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Gregory and Roger are featured on Tinariwen's Best World Music Album, Tassili, and got a shout out from the GRAMMY stage during the pre-telecast award ceremonies. Trombone Shorty wrote the song "AP Touro" for the Rebirth Brass Band's Best Regional Roots Music Album, Rebirth Of New Orleans.
In addition, a GRAMMY tribute to Glen Campbell included Blake Shelton singing "Southern Nights," written by Allen Toussaint (and later recorded by Campbell). Congratulations as well to Marcia Ball and Jim Lauderdale on their nominations.
Past editions of the Jazz Fest poster have featured Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Wynton Marsalis, Mahalia Jackson, Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr. and the inventor of New Orleans Jazz, Buddy Bolden, among others. Opening day of each year's Festival sees throngs of collectors sprinting for the poster tent and the poster usually selling out before the Festival's end.
Catch Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performing at Jazz Fest, which follows shows on multiple continents, including dates from Japan to Ecuador, Europe, Singapore and Australia to Moscow in the first few months of 2012 alone. See them on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
JANUARY 2012: Trombone Shorty Honored with 6 Best of The Beat Awards, NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu Again Collaborates on Horns For Schools Project, New Dates with Lenny Kravitz and Zac Brown Band
Trombone Shorty has been honored with 6 Best of The Beat Awards, presented by OffBeat magazine. For the second year in a row, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were awarded Artist of the Year (their 4th overall), Album of the Year (For True), Best R&B/Funk Artist (also their 4th overall), Best R&B/Funk Album, Best Trombonist for Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and a first time award for Best Music Video for "Do To Me."
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue recently added dates with Trombone Shorty mentor, Lenny Kravitz on Feb. 7 in Minneapolis and with Zac Brown Band on March 10, 11 and 23. Please see the full Press Release >>
JANUARY 2012: Rosebud Artists Recognized In Village Voice 2011 Pazz & Jop Poll
Albums and singles released by Rosebud artists last year are recognized in the 2011 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Music Critics Poll, which calculated 700 critics' votes for their Top 10 albums and singles of the year.
Also recognized on the list:
• Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings album which features Bill Frisell as well as a single from the album, "Meds"
• Ben Waters, Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute to Ian Stewart, which features Rosebud Artist Charlie Watts
• Tom Waits' Bad As Me album, which features Charlie Musselwhite, as well as all five singles from the album that Charlie guests on ("Satisfied," "Bad As Me," "Hell Broke Luce," "Chicago" and "Raised Right Man")
• Steve Cropper's Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales, which features Bettye LaVette
JANUARY 2012: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Ring In The New Year With Two Sold Out Shows At San Francisco's Legendary Fillmore Auditorium
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue rang in the New Year with sold out shows in Aspen, Denver (two nights) and a two night blow out at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore on December 30th and 31st. On New Year's Eve, the band was joined onstage by the one-and-only Wavy Gravy as Father Time, as a huge gumbo pot bubbled over yielding about 20 trombone-wielding women who went on to create a chorus line across the stage. Following the ladies, Baby New Year emerged (an actual baby) followed by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews climbing out of the giant Gumbo Pot to lead a countdown followed by confetti cannons, mirror balls, a massive balloon drop and special lighting throughout the venue as the band kicked off the year with a jam of the traditional "Auld Lang Syne."
JANUARY 2012: Monday, January 9th Video World Premiere on ESPN: Trombone Shorty's Collaboration with Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Zigaboo Modeliste and members of the Dap Kings During Allstate BCS National Championship
Recorded in New Orleans, the song is part of the RE:GENERATION Music Project supported by the Grammys. The song will be featured in the documentary of the project coming in February. The film follows five DJs and producers (Mark Ronson, DJ Premier, Skrillex, the Crystal Method, Pretty Lights), each exploring a genre of music and recording a new track within that style with high-profile collaborators. RE:GENERATION will enjoy a unique nationwide, two-night only theatrical release in select cities and venues on February 16 and February 23, click here for more information.
This follows Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's five show sold out New Year's Run, with shows in Aspen and Denver leading up to two sold out nights at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on December 30th and 31st. Catch the band live on stage in 2012, please see Tour Dates >>