Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

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Trombone Shorty was raised in one of the Tremé’s most musical families, getting his name when he picked up his instrument at age four—“My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn’t need another trumpet player,” he laughs. By eight, he led his own band in parades, halls and even bars: “They’d have to lock the door so the police couldn’t come in.” Promoters would try to hand money to his older cousins, but they’d kindly redirect them to the boy. In his teens, Andrews played shows abroad with the Neville Brothers. Fresh out of high school (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) he joined Lenny Kravitz’ band. Across that time, three Trombone Shorty albums and many collaborations since, Andrews nurtured a voracious appetite for all types of music—a phenomenon on fluid display with his recent album, Parking Lot Symphony, which branches out wildly, wonderfully, and funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound, from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger, and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing, and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, “Music brings unity.” Amen. Now let the horns play us out.

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