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Jon Batiste and Stay Human Bring Social Music to Webster Hall

April 17th, 2014

Like many Louisiana Batistes before him, Jon Batiste is one hell of a musician. Growing up in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, he began performing with his family’s band, the Batiste Brothers Band—first on percussion and drums before moving on to the piano. Having since gotten a master’s degree from Julliard, he also happens to be a bit of a Renaissance man, serving as an artistic director at Harlem’s National Jazz Museum and being on the board at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (where he graduated alongside Trombone Shorty). But mostly, and rightly so, Batiste (above, performing “Express Yourself (Say Yes)”) is known for his jazz-influenced music as a pianist, singer, bandleader and composer. Along with Julliard pals Eddie Barabash (sax), Ibanda Ruhumbika (tuba) and Joe Saylor (drums), he released his debut album as Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the terrific jazz-, funk-, classical- and pop-tinged Social Music (stream it below), late last year. Relix says the four “are specialists in nonspecializing—they glide and slide easily from genre to genre, tempo to tempo, mood to mood.” And they’re sure to put you in a great mood on Saturday night at Webster Hall.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Terminal 5 – December 13, 2013

December 16th, 2013


Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Trombone Shorty – SummerStage – July 22, 2013

July 23rd, 2013


Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Trombone Shorty, Soulive and Anders Osborne Tonight at SummerStage

July 22nd, 2013

It’s already been quite a year for Trombone Shorty. The party-starting trombone virtuoso has performed at the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball, appeared in a documentary about Lenny Kravitz and, following in the footsteps of Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, he was featured on the 2013 commemorative souvenir envelope for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation—and Shorty topped all of that with the honor of closing out this year’s Jazz Fest. Of course, none of those things were in New York City, but tonight at SummerStage in Central Park, Trombone Shorty (above, doing “Do to Me” on Conan) headlines a fantastic lineup rounded out by soul-funk-fusion trio Soulive and NOLA (by way of Sweden) guitar god Anders Osborne. This is one not to miss. So don’t!

 

 

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Trombone Shorty Knows What the Crowd Wants

December 10th, 2012

Trombone Shorty – Terminal 5 – December 8, 2012


Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has a reputation as an electric performer. And why shouldn’t he? Andrews hails from New Orleans, where his grandfather, Jesse Hill, played with such legends as Professor Longhair and Huey “Piano” Smith. His older brother, James Andrews, is an accomplished trumpet player who has gigged with the likes of Quincy JonesDizzy Gillespie and Dr. John. Shorty, for his part, impressed at an early age. At six years old, he was leading his own band, and in his late teens and early twenties he had already performed with Lenny KravitzGreen Day and U2. He’s also made cameos on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and, of course, HBO’s Treme, which chronicles post-Katrina New Orleans.

But a solid résumé means nothing without an equally solid performance, and Trombone Shorty blew this criterion out of the water on Saturday night at Terminal 5. From the very first note, Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, sounded tight, funky and heavy all at once. Each player throughout the night demonstrated his overwhelming chops. Pete Murano absolutely shredded on guitar, displaying an incredible proficiency within range of styles from funk to jazz to metal, and “Uncle” Dan Oestreicher shined on a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” Andrews, though, is a wizard onstage, audibly and visually. He switched with ease between trombone and trumpet, absolutely destroying every song in his path. He also made sure all eyes were on him, often throwing his arms in the air like Maximus in Gladiator. In truth, we were quite entertained.

It’s entirely clear that Andrews knows exactly what the crowd wants. He teased and covered eclectic songs like “Minnie the Moocher” and “I Got a Woman.” The band expertly weaved through a hip-hop medley of “Slow Motion,” “Shake Ya Ass,” “Let Me Clear My Throat” and “Give It Away” to choreographed stepping, complete with head whipping, which the crowd aptly mimicked. When the group was called back for an encore, they played New Orleans favorites “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Treme Song.” “Who dat!” he screamed as the New Orleans–tinged audience responded with their hometown’s unofficial cheer. On the very last tune, everyone switched instruments and played something ostensibly outside of their comfort zone: Andrews moved to drums, Murano blew a sax, bassist Mike Ballard picked up the trumpet and so on. It was as if they needed to prove to us that, without a doubt, they could do anything. That wasn’t necessary, though. They had already done more than enough to satisfy. —Alex Kapelman

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Carnegie Hall – January 7, 2012

January 9th, 2012


Photos courtesy of Michael Jurick | music.jurick.net

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Dave Matthews Band Caravan, Take Two

September 13th, 2011


Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned, so you dust yourself off and get right back up again. That’s what happened when Hurricane Irene rained out the Dave Matthews Band Caravan originally planned for late August on Governors Island. But you can’t keep a good festival down, and so the Caravan is back—this time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Randall’s Island. And while the lineup has changed, the bands are still killer. Dave Matthews Band (above, doing “Crush” in Central Park) plays a full set each night, and they’re joined by Dispatch, SOJA and TR3 (featuring Tim Reynolds) on Friday, Dispatch, Warren Haynes and Brandi Carlile on Saturday, and From Good Homes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, plus an acoustic performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, on Sunday. Not too shabby, right? Governors Island tickets will be valid for the corresponding date (e.g. Friday tickets valid for Friday only), and three-day passes will be valid for all three rescheduled dates. The weather looks great and as an added bonus for your patience, you can download a free split digital 7″ from the Dave Matthews Band and Dispatch here.

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Win Two Tickets to DMB Caravan on 8/28

August 19th, 2011


Next weekend the Dave Matthews Band Caravan comes our way for three terrific music-filled days (and nights) at South Island Field at Governors Island. There’s a different lineup on each date, but Sunday’s is certainly no joke, with the Dave Matthews Band accompanied by the Roots, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (above, playing “One Night Only (The March)” on Late Show with David Letterman), Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, ELEW and a set by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. And even better than all that, The House List is giving away two tickets. Fill out the form below to try to win them. Make sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan, 8/28) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to win.

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Mardi Gras Madness at Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

February 23rd, 2011


The NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic has been bringing shake-your-hips music to the masses since 1994. They started out as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. Over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But no doubt, they’re still bringing the funk: Witness last year’s Ya-Ka-May, with notable sit-ins from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and the dynamic Trombone Shorty, whose own band opens the show. Of course, there will be plenty of other special guests, like Corey Glover, Corey Henry, Cyril Neville and the High and Mighty Brass Band. You never know what to expect from Galactic (above, playing “Heart of Steel” last year). They could just as easily bump a hip-hop groove, drop some smooth jazz or rip a terrific Zeppelin cover. See for yourself at Terminal 5 on Saturday. But make sure you act fast ’cause it looks like this one could sell out.

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Michael Franti – The Beach at Governors Island – June 3, 2010

June 4th, 2010

Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Beach at Governors Island - June 3, 2010

Photos courtesy of Michael Jurick | music.jurick.net

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It’s Time to Hit the Beach

June 3rd, 2010
(Photo: Courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan)

(Photo: Courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan)

Technically, summer doesn’t start for almost three more weeks, but we’re already past Memorial Day, which means the summer season has begun. And there’s no better way to while away your warm-weather time than on the beach. You’re already pretty close to a beach—actually The Beach at Governors Island. Starting tonight, with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trombone Shorty and One eskimO, get ready to spend those summer nights outside, your feet in the sand, taking in great music with lower Manhattan as the backdrop. We’ll be bringing you a full roster of fantastic live music (plenty of free shows too, starting with Yeasayer, Keepaway and Delicate Steve this Saturday) all summer long. For ferry information and answers to other questions, go here.