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Trombone Shorty at Sound Board, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia, @GraffonMusic on Twitter

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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New Orleans couldn't ask for a better musical ambassador than Trombone Shorty.

At just 32, the musician and bandleader (real name Troy Andrews) has released seven studio albums since 2002 and has made a slew of guest appearances with others -- and appeared in the popular HBO series "Treme." He's established himself as a contemporary vanguard in a storied music scene, blending hallmarks of New Orleans' rich musical legacy with contemporary touches for something that's original and all his own.

The road, of course, is Shorty's real home with his band, Orleans Avenue, but wherever he goes he makes it clear that he's representing more than just his own music but rather the lineage he's proudly part of...

• Shorty says by phone that he's vested in both preserving his home town's rich musical history and to moving it forward -- and to encouraging others to do the same. "Y'know, there's a million musicians before me, and I stand on their shoulders to be able to do what I do. So I feel like I have somewhat of a responsibility to have some type of influence in the same way some of those legendary musicians had on me. I don't want to wait until I'm extremely old and slowing down to have that impact; I wanted to make that part of my life, as I’m growing, so that I can have that impact and influence on younger generations, too, and let them know they can look at me and maybe be even more innovative and take from what I'm doing and move it forward. I think that's what we do (in New Orleans) -- we honor what came before us and try to do something new with it."

• Earlier this year Shorty and Orleans Avenue for the Rolling Stones in Poland, a gig he says was simply "great. To be able to play in front of 60,000 people, in front of the Rolling Stones, is definitely a dream come true for his. We all wear Rolling Stones shirts on the road and listen to their music. I played with Mick Jagger at the White house and jammed with Kith Richards in New Orleans, but to play in front of all of the Rolling Stones was another trip for me. I just feel blessed and very happy we got a chance to write that one down. That was a real moment."

• Shorty says he's "already in the studio" working on a follow-up to his 2017 album "Parking Lot Symphony," though a firm plan is not yet in place. "Whenever I go in the studio it's a blank canvas. I don’t think about it; I just go in the studio and record. Sometimes I go in with just hip-hop music, sometimes soul, sometimes R&B or gospel-type stuff -- just whatever we're feeling that day. We can play all types of music. Hopefully we'll have 50, 60 songs, or at least 20 or 39 and we can pick the best ones that sound like they're supposed to be on there. We just go in and hammer it out and figure out which ones fit well together. That's the real challenge for us."

If You Go:

• Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

• Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $40-$52.

• Call 1-866-782-9622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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