Lately it seems like Brooklyn's been morphing into the Big Easy by playing host to a wide-variety of reknowned New Orleans musicians. First we had Dr. John's two-week residency at BAM, which kicked all kinds of ass. And now NOLA's newest rising star, Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenu,e is playing this Friday night at the Bandshell in Prospect Park as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Concert Series.
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was born into a musical family from the Treme section of New Orleans, long considered the birthplace of Jazz. He got his knickname when his older brother and now famous trumpet player and bandleader James Andrews say him walking up and down the street at the age of 3 weilding a trombone that was bigger than he was. By the age of 6 Troy was in his brother's band, and soon became a leader of his group, Orleans Avenue. Here's a little docu short on the man himself:
Now 26 years-old, T. Shorty's music has been described as a synthesis of hip hop and funk, with a splash of rock-fusing percussion and some crazy-ass brass, a combination Andrews himself calls "Supafunkrock." He's appeared with Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, the Neville Brothers, Jeff Beck and U2, just to name a few. He was also in 4 episodes of HBO's series Treme, and now he's playing the Slope for all our asses. Again, it's this Friday, June 29th at 7:30. Doors open at 6:30 and although it's free there's a $3 suggested donation. Here's just a sample of what you might see: