Well it's been a crazy week full of lots of drama, work, classes and finally, some FUN!!! This weekend is the Summer Arts Festival, a free festival that includes artwork by 130 artists, food, music and fun. Last night we went to see Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Those of you who watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip will remember Trombone as the trumpeter whose version of "Oh Holy Night" was spine-tingling.
You can listen to it here:
To listen to a more representative sample of what we heard last night, go here:
We are still so stoked by this band that next weekend, we are driving 4 hours to Iowa City, IA to hear them again at the Iowa City Jazz Fest.
Here is the review I wrote for the Omaha Blues Society and Playing with Fire:
Without a good sense of time and place, Omahans might have been confused after attending the Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue show at the Summer Arts Festival. Whether channeling Satchmo (voice and trumpet) on a rousing version of “When The Saints Go Marching In”, to “Whole Lotta Loving” to a full-fledged Michael Jackson tribute complete with moonwalk, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue created a love fest.
With full command of Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Pop, and Brass Band, the trim, toned Trombone Shorty created a party like no other. Despite his trombone moniker, Trombone Shorty is not limited in musical ability. During the nearly 90 minute set, he deftly alternated between playing trumpet and trombone. Using his body as a maestro’s wand, he conducted the band through incredible jazz solos. In a stunning display of musical virtuosity, Trombone promised the crowd, “We have a gift for you, Omaha.” After gathering the band into a huddle, the band traded instruments: Trombone on the drum kit, bass guitar player Mike Ballard on sax, and tenor sax player Clarence Slaughter worked the congas.
New Orleans has produced another star and we are blessed.