Trombone Shorty earned his 5th recent cover story, this time in Australia's Rhythms magazine (December issue). The feature follows Fall cover stories in DownBeat, JAZZIZ, Jazz News (France) and JAZZ N' MORE (Switzerland). Rhythms' Brian Wise calls Trombone Shorty "the Jimi Hendrix of the trombone" and among other topics, reflects on last year's Bluesfest in Australia, where "With his band Orleans Avenue... Troy ["Trombone Shorty"] Andrews had ripped up the joint with some unforgettably energetic shows."
Catch the band live on stage as they close out 2011 with shows in New Orleans, Aspen, Denver and two nights headlining San Francisco's legendary Fillmore Auditorium on 12/30 and New Year's Eve 12/31. for more information, please see Tour Dates >>
DECEMBER 2011: Trombone Shorty Leads In Best of The Beat Awards With 8 Nominations. Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Michael Doucet and More Honored
Rosebud Artists have once again been honored with a plethora of nominations in the Best of The Beat Awards. The awards are presented by OffBeat magazine, recognizing the best of New Orleans music. Trombone Shorty lead all other artists with 8 nominations, including Artist of the Year; Album of the Year for For True; Song of the Year for "Do To Me"; Best R&B/Funk Artist; Best R&B/Funk Album for For True; Best Trombonist; Best Trumpeter and Best Music Video for "Do To Me." Last year Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were honored with awards in 5 of these categories for both Artist (their 3rd) and Album of the Year as well as both Best R&B/Funk Artist (also their 3rd) and R&B/Funk Album in addition to Best Trombonist honors for Trombone Shorty. He has also received 2 previous awards for Best Trumpeter.
Irma Thomas is nominated once again for Best Female Vocalist. She won this award last year for the third year in a row. Irma is also one of the writers and a featured performer on Song of the Year nominee "Could Have Been Worse". The song is on the album Nine Lives - A Musical Adaptation by Colman DeKay and Paul Sanchez. Allen Toussaint is also featured on Nine Lives, which received additional nominations including Album of the Year and Best Roots Rock Album. Jon Cleary is nominated for Best Piano/Keyboardist for the fourth year in a row. His frequent band members James Singleton and Matt Perrine were also nominated for Best Bass Player and Best Tuba / Sousaphonist respectively.
In addition to the above, Papa Grows Funk's Needle In The Groove CD was Co-Produced by Rosebud artist, the legendary Allen Toussaint and also features "Big D" (Dwayne Williams) from Orleans Avenue. The CD is nominated for Best R&B / Funk Album. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Trombone Shorty is also featured as the Music Rising December Spotlight Artist. Music Rising is a campaign launched to rescue the musical culture of the Central Gulf region of the US from the destruction caused by the catastrophic hurricanes of the summer of 2005 by replacing the musical instruments lost or destroyed in the deluge. The campaign was created in November of 2005 by U2's The Edge, Bob Ezrin and Henry Juszkiewicz with inaugural partners Gibson Musical Instruments, Guitar Center Music Foundation, MusiCares and Musician's Friend.
With a mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying their distinctive sound around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city's musical legacy. With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music's historic traditions, Pres Hall has served as a vital link to the earliest days of one of America's most beloved forms of popular music.
Both Trombone Shorty and Dirty Dozen Brass Band members Gregory Davis and Roger Lewis are featured on 2012 GRAMMY nominated albums. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is a featured performer on Jeff Beck's Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul (nominated for Best Rock Album). Troy also wrote the song "AP Touro" for the Rebirth Brass Band's album Rebirth Of New Orleans, nominated for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Jeff Beck and Rebirth are featured guests on Trombone Shorty's latest album, For True, along with 2012 GRAMMY nominees Warren Haynes and Ledisi. The Dirty Dozen's Gregory Davis (Trumpet) and Roger Lewis (Saxophone) are featured on the track "Ya Messinagh" from Tinariwen's album Tassili, which is nominated for Best World Music Album.
Congratulations to all the nominees! Check out Marcia, Jim, Trombone Shorty and The Dirty Dozen performing individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
NOVEMBER 2011: Rosebud Artists Score DownBeat Readers Poll Honors Once Again
Bill Frisell scored high in three categories, placing in the top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year for Beautiful Dreamers, in the top 5 for Best Guitarist (a category he has won 3 times in the past) and among the Best Beyond Albums for his collaboration with Vinicius Cantuária, Lagrimas Mexicanas.
OCTOBER 2011: Trombone Shorty Cover Story In DownBeat Magazine Plus New Collaboration with Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Zigaboo Modeliste and members of the Dap Kings
Trombone Shorty is featured in an extensive cover story in DownBeat Magazine (December 2011 issue), on newsstands soon. The six-page spread includes an interview with Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, explores his history, the creative process behind creating his new album For True, a page devoted to the Orleans Avenue band and much more.
Recorded in New Orleans, the song is part of the Re:Generation Music Project supported by the Grammys. The song will be featured in the documentary of the project coming in February 2012. The film follows five DJs and producers (Mark Ronson, DJ Premier, Skrillex, the Crystal Method, Pretty Lights), each exploring a genre of music and recording a new track within that style with high-profile collaborators.
A two-time GRAMMY Award Nominee, Duke's past collaborations include playing with and/or producing Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John and John Hammond as well as sorely-missed legends such as Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon and Long John Baldry. Duke's last album, Passport to the Blues, was nominated for the 2011 Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. He was also nominated again this year as Best Guitarist - a category he has already won 4 times in the past.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have toured relentlessly since the release of Backatown in April 2010. They've performed on five continents as well as making numerous TV, radio, festival and major concert appearances. The new For True album includes guests Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Ivan and Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie and more.
Recorded in the country west of Nashville, Tennessee, Mercury features Pieta's long-time collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), and is joined by great session players including Grammy-winning producer/ multi-instrumentalist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash).
Catch Duke Robillard, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Pieta Brown individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2011: Orleans Avenue's Pete Murano and Michael Ballard Highlighted in Guitar Player and Bass Player Magazines
Interviews with Orleans Avenue guitarist "Freaky" Pete Murano and bassist Michael "Bass" Ballard are featured in the current editions of Guitar Player (November 2011) and Bass Player (Holiday 2011) magazines. The interviews explore Pete's and Mike's creative process, musical inspirations, playing techniques, and gear used on Trombone Shorty's 2010 breakthrough Grammy-nominated release, Backatown, and on the band's current Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart topper, For True (September 2011).
Currently touring the U.S. through late November, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue recently returned from Europe where the band sold out shows in advance in London and Paris. Extensive media coverage in Germany, France, Spain and The UK was highlighted by radio and TV appearances including Later With Jools Holland for BBC TV and the Jamie Cullum Show on BBC Radio. The band's extensive schedule will have them returning to Europe in early December followed by more dates in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador and Japan.
Catch Pete, Michael and the rest of Orleans Avenue with Trombone Shorty performing live on a stage, please see Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2011: Trombone Shorty's "For True" Featured In Nikon 1 Ad Campaign
For True is entering it's 4th week at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album Chart. At the same time, Trombone Shorty's last album, the GRAMMY-nominated Backatown, remains in the top 10, a full 78 weeks after its release (with 10 of those weeks at #1). Featured guests on For True include Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Ivan And Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie and more.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are in the midst of an extensive U.S. Tour. Catch them live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2011: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Follow Triumphant European Tour With Extensive U.S. Tour, Troy Stops By ESPN SportsCenter
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have just returned home from touring Germany, England, Spain and France, barely catching their breath before launching an extensive U.S. Tour. The night before the tour kicked off October 6 in Los Angeles, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews stopped by ESPN's SportsCenter and dropped in his own collaboration on the SportsCenter theme song. Catch the band on Tour through November - please click here for the full list of dates.
While in Europe, the band sold out shows in advance in London and Paris. Extensive media coverage in Germany, France, Spain and The UK was highlighted by radio and TV appearances including Later With Jools Holland for BBC TV and the Jamie Cullum Show on BBC Radio. In France, the band's new album For True reached #1 on both iTunes' Jazz chart and the physical CD Jazz chart, while also arriving on the Top 50 Digital and Top 100 physical French pop charts.
Back in the U.S., For True is celebrating it's third week at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz chart, while the band's last album Backatown maintains it's place in the Contemporary Jazz Top Ten (it's 76th week on the chart). Pick up your copies today at the Trombone Shorty Store and iTunes. Featured guests on For True include Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Ivan And Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie and more.
SEPTEMBER 2011: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 9/27, "Do To Me" Video Premiere on VEVO.com 9/28, NPR Tiny Desk Concert 9/29
"Do To Me" features Jeff Beck on guitar and is the first single from Trombone Shorty's brand new album For True (which also features special guests Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes and many more). The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and in the top 100 (#72) on the Billboard Top Pop CD chart, while his Backatown CD continued at #4 on the Contemporary Jazz chart after a full 74 weeks on the chart.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are now finishing a series of TV, Radio and live concerts in the UK, Germany, France and Spain before starting a full scale U.S. Tour in October. For more info, please see Tour Dates >>
SEPTEMBER 2011:Trombone Shorty's Whirlwind Week Crowned With For True #1 Debut!
Trombone Shorty's intense work pace has been rewarded with a #1 debut on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. The record, featuring special guests Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi and Warren Haynes was released on September 13. The CD also debuted in the top 100 (#72) on the Billboard Top Pop CD chart while his Backatown CD continues at #4 on the Contemporary Jazz chart after a full 74 weeks on the chart.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are in the midst of a fast paced tour of Europe after an intense week of work in the US. The high energy band kicked off their For True album release week with a jam packed hometown show at New Orleans' legendary Tipitina's on September 12. The show was webcast live with an onstage introduction by none other than New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Featured guests from the album, joining the band onstage included Ivan and Cyril Neville, Galactic's Ben Ellman (For True and Backatown producer), 5th Ward Weebie and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews' older brother and mentor, James Andrews.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were then off to New York City, where they played a special album release show to a packed house. Just before the show, Troy sat in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The next day, the band traveled to Boston to play two nights with Widespread Panic. In addition to his own band's sets, Troy also sat in with Widespread Panic for a few songs. Next stop was the Indy Jazz Fest in Indianapolis where the band closed the show following George Benson. Early the next morning, the band flew back to New York City to play directly preceding The Dave Matthews Band, with Troy bringing DMB trumpet player Rashawn Ross onstage to join the band.
Immediately following their set, the band headed to the airport to catch a night flight to London where they taped the prestigious Later With Jools Holland TV show prior to a series of TV, Radio and live concerts in the UK, Germany, France and Spain before starting a full scale U.S. Tour in October. For more info, please see Tour Dates >>
Shorty and NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu
SEPTEMBER 2011: PRESS RELEASE
TROMBONE SHORTY AND NEW ORLEANS MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU COLLABORATE ON "HORNS FOR SCHOOLS" PROJECT
HOMETOWN ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AND WEBCAST SET FOR 9/12 AT TIPITINA'S
CATCH TROMBONE SHORTY SITTING IN WITH THE ROOTS ON FALLON, 9/14
LISTEN TO THE NEW ALBUM 'FOR TRUE' (9/13, VERVE FORECAST) VIA FACEBOOK HERE
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and New Orleans' Mayor Mitch Landrieu visited KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School this week, where they heard a performance by the school's brass band and spoke to students about the importance of an arts curriculum. They also participated in a big way with Mayor Landrieu showing his own chops on trumpet, joining Trombone Shorty and Big D and Dan Oestreicher of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on bass drum and baritone sax respectively. To see local news coverage of the event click here:
The visit was part of Andrews' "Horns For Schools," program, providing instruments to schools in need. He presented McDonogh 15's music program with specially designed, professional-musician level Trombone Shorty trumpets and trombones. The instruments were specially created to Andrews' specifications, and in the coming months more will be presented to schools throughout the City for young musicians to use to hone their musical talents. The initial school in the program is a very special one for Trombone Shorty as he went to school at McDonogh 15 from kindergarten until 7th grade.
The visit kicks off a busy season for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue who will perform a special album release show at NOLA's legendary Tipitina's Sept 12, in support of their new album FOR TRUE to be released the next day. The show will be available via HD Webcast live, beginning at 10pm Eastern exclusively on Liveset.com.
On September 14 Andrews travels to NYC to sit in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and rushes from there to play a special intimate show at The Box. Additionally, an appearance with the Dave Matthews Band Caravan (postponed due to Hurricane Irene) is now rescheduled for Sept 18 in NY. The tireless Andrews then heads straight to the airport from the DMB show to catch a night flight to London where the band will tape an episode of Later with Jools Holland as a kick off to a whirlwind European promotional tour in support of the new CD.
AUGUST 2011:Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue To Perform On Conan Monday, August 15, 2011
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performed on Conan Monday, August 15, 2011. The show aired on TBS at 11pm/10pm Central. The band played "Do To Me," the lead track from their forthcoming album, For True (out September 13 on Verve Forecast). The album version of "Do To Me" features a special guest appearance by Jeff Beck on guitar (now available on iTunes). Other featured guests on For True include Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan And Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie and more.
Catch Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue live on stage as they tour extensively and watch for more Fall dates to be announced soon. Please see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2011: A Big Thanks To HBO's Treme For Again Featuring Rosebud Artists In Their 2ND Season: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Music by Allen Toussaint
The second episode is titled "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky," named after Allen Toussaint's composition. The Dirty Dozen's version of this song plays during a Thanksgiving Day montage. In addition, The Dozen's "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" plays on the jukebox at Gigi's (the bar owned by a main character, LaDonna).
The third episode is once again named after an Allen Toussaint song, "On Your Way Down," and it can be heard playing on the jukebox as LaDonna closes Gigi's. Yet another of Allen's songs, "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley," is played in rehearsal by main character Antoine Batiste's band Soul Apostles. Also, Allen's "Tipitina and Me" is the featured music in the closing credits of the ninth episode.
In another one of the bands in the show, Brassy Knoll (the Davis McAlary character's project), Kirk Joseph of The Dirty Dozen is featured as the tuba player. Later in the season, Dr. John becomes a central character to a recording project by the Delmond Lambreaux character with his father Chief Lambreaux.
Jon Cleary is prominently featured performing in episode ten. He plays his unreleased song "Frenchmen Street Blues" at the venue Chickie Wah Wah for characters Annie and Davis in memory their slain friend Harley (Steve Earle). Later, Dr. John's "I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say" plays as Annie and Davis clear out Harley's belongings from his house.
In the final episode of the season, the Antoine character chats with Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews at Jazz Fest. The two shared a number of scenes in Season One.
Thanks again to Treme and congratulations on another great season! We look forward to watching Season Three. Check out all these artists perform individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2011: Bill Frisell Honored With 10TH DownBeat Critics Poll Win For Guitarist of the Year - Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Bettye LaVette, Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples Also Recognized
Allen Toussaint was named in the Arranger category; Trombone Shorty was recognized in both the Trombone and Rising Star: Trombone categories. Bettye LaVette, Dr. John and Charlie Musselwhite were all named in the Blues Artist category. Charlie received an additional nod in the Blues Album category, while Dr. John was also named in the Beyond Artist category. Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette were both recognized in the Beyond Album category. The late Muddy Waters (a Rosebud artist until his passing) was also named as one of the finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame.
As usual, many of Bill Frisell's frequent and recent collaborators were also honored: Jason Moran was awarded Jazz Artist Of The Year, Jazz Album Of The Year, and Piano of the Year, as well as being named in the Rising Star: Jazz Artist, Composer and Rising Star: Composer categories; Joe Lovano Us Five was awarded Jazz Group of the Year and Joe was also named in the Jazz Artist, Jazz Album, Soprano and Tenor Saxophone categories; Paul Motian was awarded Drummer of the Year and he was also named in the Hall of Fame and Jazz Artist categories; Dave Holland was awarded Acoustic Bass of the Year and was named in the Jazz Album, Composer, Arranger and Jazz Group categories; Jenny Scheinman was named in the Violin category; and Bill's Manager and Producer, Lee Townsend, was named in both the Producer and Rising Star: Producer categories.
JULY 2011:Trombone Shorty's New Album - For True - Featuring Guest Appearances By Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan And Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band And More Is Out September 13
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue return on September 13 with For True (Verve Forecast) featuring guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan And Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band and more. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the new album, including co-writes with Ledisi, Kid Rock, the legendary Lamont Dozier and more. The CD was produced and engineered by Ben Ellman (except "The Craziest Thing" produced by George Drakoulias). Read the Press Release here with the full track listing >>
Catch Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performing live on stage in Europe until the end of July. They return to touring the U.S. in August, including two days at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island as well as the Dave Matthews Band Caravan on Governor's Island in NYC. For details, please see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2011:Trombone Shorty Wins Best Male Performer and Dr. John Wins Best R&B Artist at 2011 Big Easy Music Awards in New Orleans
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has been honored for the 2nd year in a row with the Big Easy Music Award for Best Male Performer. He was recognized as Entertainer of the Year at the 2010 Big Easy Music Awards and won Best Male Performer in 2008 as well. Dr. John won the 2011 Big Easy Music Award for Best R & B artist. At the 2009 Awards, Dr. John was honored with the Entertainer of the Year Award and Best Album of the Year for his GRAMMY-winning album City That Care Forgot.
Both Trombone Shorty and Dr. John were also nominated for Best Album of 2010 and Troy actually performed on the winning album in that category, Galactic's Ya-Ka-May.
Troy and Dr. John are also featured on the first season soundtrack album from HBO's Treme series (they each play themselves on the show) which received a Special Recognition award. The show's producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer were honored as Ambassadors of New Orleans Music. The awards are hosted by The Big Easy Foundation and are celebrated in a ceremony in New Orleans.
FEBRUARY 2011: Trombone Shorty Featured in Jeff Beck's Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Out on CD and DVD February 22nd
Trombone Shorty is featured in Jeff Beck's Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, which will be released on both CD and DVD February 22, 2011. The live set was filmed and recorded on June 9, 2010 at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, where the legendary Les Paul performed every Monday for over 12 years until his passing August 12, 2009. Jeff Beck celebrates the innovative musician with a selection of Les Paul's songs and other rock 'n' roll tracks on what would have been Les Paul's 95th birthday. In addition to Trombone Shorty, Jeff's special guests include Brian Setzer, Imelda May and her band and Gary US Bonds. Check out the track listing here.
At the end of 2010, Jeff Beck commented in Mojo magazine's feature, The Best Thing I've Heard All Year: "This year I had the great privilege to hear for the first time Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews play at an after-show for the New Orleans Jazz Festival. I was completely blown away. Troy and his band have just supported me on some UK dates. A sensational group of musicians. Trombone Shorty is one to watch!"
Catch Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue live on stage in the U.S. until mid-March (including 2 co-headline shows with Galactic and the conclusion of their cross country tour with Los Amigos Invisibles), when the band departs for a 10-date European tour touching down in Germany, France and Spain, please see Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2011: Thanks To Mountain Stage (NPR) Encores For Loudon Wainwright III, Pieta Brown, David Lindley, John Hammond, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Thank you to Mountain Stage, who are re-broadcasting six Rosebud artists' performances, from mid-February through the beginning of April. Loudon Wainwright III and Pieta Brown are both featured in an episode airing the week after February 18th (the "week after" runs from Friday to the following Friday). David Lindley and John Hammond are both featured in a program airing the week after March 11th and 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples is featured in the show airing the week after April 1st. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's performance was recently re-broadcast in an episode which aired after February 11th.
FEBRUARY 2011: GRAMMY Nominees Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty to Perform at GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony February 13
GRAMMY nominees Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty will each perform at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, taking place on Sunday, February 13th from 1 - 4pm (PST) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mavis and Trombone Shorty will be joining fellow GRAMMY nominees performing at the event including including Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper and Kenny Wayne Shepherd among others. Mavis is nominated for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone, while Trombone Shorty's Backatown is nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The event will be streamed live internationally on grammy.com/live and youtube.com/thegrammys beginning at 1 pm (PST) and will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event. Best of luck to the nominees! Check out both Mavis and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2011: Trombone Shorty Named in NBC News' The Grio's 100: History Makers in the Making
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has been recognized among NBC News' The Grio's 100: History Makers in the Making, a list of the top 100 African-American men and women who are writing the next chapter of American history. Trombone Shorty joins First Lady Michelle Obama, singer and education advocate Jill Scott, actress Viola Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and NBA star Kevin Durant, among others. In honor of Black History Month, TheGrio.com, a division of NBC News, announced the list, nominated by a team of experts, affiliates, and contributors from across the country, and members of TheGrio.com and NBC News editorial teams. The Grio's 100 shines a spotlight on African-American history makers and industry leaders from 10 fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture and the arts.
Stay tuned for the results of the GRAMMYs on February 13, where Trombone Shorty's Backatown is nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and check out the band live on stage as they tour across the country, please see Tour Dates >>
JANUARY 2011: Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Irma Thomas and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Honored with OffBeat Best of the Beat Awards
At the ceremony January 28th, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue won awards for Artist of the Year; Album of the Year for the GRAMMY nominated Backatown; Best R&B/Funk Artist; Best R&B/Funk Album for Backatown and Best Trombonist. This makes three times since 2007 that OffBeat has awarded Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Best R&B/Funk Band, while Trombone Shorty himself has picked up three awards for Performer / Artist of The Year and two awards for Best Trumpeter. Dr. John (represented by Rosebud for bookings outside North America) won all 3 awards he was nominated for: Best Blues Artist; Best Blues Album for his GRAMMY nominated Tribal and Songwriter of the Year. Irma Thomas was awarded Best Female Vocalist for the third year in a row and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet were honored with their incredible 15th award for Best Cajun Artist! In addition, Matt Perrine, a member of Jon Cleary's Piano, Bass & Drums project, won the award for Best Tuba / Sousaphonist for the third year in a row (four years ago he won in a three way tie). The Best of The Beat Award nominees are selected by the editors and writers of OffBeat and voted on by the public to select the winners.
Also recognized on the album list: - Elvis Costello's National Ransom, which features Jim Lauderdale and for which Jim co-wrote the song "I Lost You." - Cyndi Lauper's GRAMMY Nominated Memphis Blues which features Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint
In addition, Captain Beefheart's "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" reissue was recognized in the year's top singles list. The late Captain Beefheart was a Rosebud artist until his retirement in 1981.
There was more year end praise for Bettye LaVette from The Wall Street Journal's music critic Jim Fusilli, who chose Bettye's May show in New York City among his Five Best Concerts of 2010. He writes, "Ms. LaVette bores right to the emotional core of the lyrics and finds the universal truth in their sentiments. At one point during the show, as she unfurled her poignant, powerful reading of Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood's "No Time to Live," I looked around and noticed that several women were crying tears of recognition." (read the article >>)
In it's 38th week of release, Trombone Shorty's Grammy nominated Backatown returns to #1 on Billboard Magazine's Contemporary Jazz CD chart this coming week. Backatown went immediately to #1 on its release in April of 2010 and held the top position for 9 straight weeks, rarely straying from the Top 5 for the past nine months.
Aided by an intensive tour schedule that is spreading Trombone Shorty's patented high energy Supafunkrock sound to 5 continents, Backatown has recently benefited from praise on many Year End Best Of lists including being named #1 among the great Louisiana based releases of the year.
The Backatown tour continues this Spring and Summer with more dates across the European continent, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and all over Canada and the US. Catch Shorty live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>