New Orleans jazz comes by heritage and hard work to Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, the youngest in an extended musical family of New Orleans musicians that includes grandfather Jessie Hill, writer of the Mardi Gras anthem “Ooh Poo Pah Doo.” Andrews picked up his namesake instrument before he was 5 and started touring professionally with his combo, Orleans Avenue, at the ripe age of 23. Raised in the Tremé neighborhood, Andrews did his hometown proud as a regular actor on the HBO series of the same name. Between regular television appearances; constant touring; high-profile work as a sideman for artists as diverse as U2, CeeLo Green, and Dierks Bentley; building his eponymous heritage foundation; and providing the signature sound of The Peanuts Movie’s adults, Andrews has found time over the past 15 years to release 10 full-length LPs of hot jazz. His 11th, Parking Lot Symphony, came out earlier this year; it’s his first release on the famed Blue Note Records label. He’ll undoubtedly play plenty of tracks from that album and deep cuts from his considerable catalog at this two-night stand on one of New York’s biggest stages: midtown mega-venue Terminal 5.
Make sure to get there early for the opening band; you won’t want to miss the high-energy, throwback-stylin’, pelvis-pushin’ rock-and-soul quartet Vintage Trouble.
Why You Should Go: When it comes to contemporary New Orleans jazz players, there’s pretty much no bigger name or more dependable artist than Trombone Shorty.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue With Vintage Trouble
610 West 56th Street (between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenue), Hell’s Kitchen
Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14
Doors open at 7 p.m