Troy Andrews is a trombone player from way back (although he also more than capably handles the trumpet, organ, drums and more). He graduated from the same New Orleans high school music program as Branford and Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Having grown up in a musical family in NOLA’s Treme neighborhood, Andrews, despite only being 31, has already been playing the trombone for more than 25 years. Getting his start at such a young age earned him the name Trombone Shorty: He first played Jazz Fest, taking the stage alongside Bo Diddley, when he was only four. And these days, he’s got the honor of closing out America’s best festival every year. But it’s Andrews’ talent, not his age (or his height), that’s the reason Trombone Shorty (above, covering the Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use” live in studio for KCRW FM) has toured the world, playing an exhilarating combination of funk, hip-hop, jazz and rock—not to mention working alongside the likes of Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz. His fourth studio album, Parking Lot Symphony (stream it below), and first on Blue Note Records, arrived this past April, earning him comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. AllMusic said he “fully embraces the organic ’70s-style R&B he’s heretofore only touched on.” Further adding that the album is one of his “most balanced productions, equal parts New Orleans R&B sophistication and loose, block-party fun.” That fun is what makes Trombone Shorty such an engaging, don’t-miss entertainer and performer. Catch him live at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday. L.A. four-piece Vintage Trouble open both shows.
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Leah Wellbaum (vocals and guitar), Kyle Bann (bass) and Will Gorin (drums) met while studying music at Sarah Lawrence College and went on to form the Brooklyn band Slothrust. “Blending apathetic vocal delivery and sludgy guitars with a sound rooted in punchy blues, grunge revivalists Slothrust breathe newfound life into the angsty sounds of the ’90s,” according to AllMusic. “People have always had trouble comparing us to other bands, but someone recently described us as Nirvana meets Wynton Marsalis, and I loved that,” said Wellbaum. The band’s third release, Everyone Else (stream it below), dropped last fall. “This is an album for music lovers who can appreciate the achievements of a band that’s hitting its stride and has the ability to capture the best of rock, jazz and blues on one album,” per Art for Progress. And with their summer tour winding down, Slothrust (above, performing “Rotten Pumpkin” for Audiotree Live) come home to Brooklyn to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Arrive early to catch Maine trio Tancred and New York City’s Mal Blum & the Blums opening the show.
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