Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue may seem like an unusual name for the uninitiated. For jazz music lovers though, the name will be immediately recognizable. Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) and his band, Orleans Avenue, open the new season at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. With their mix of funk, rock, jazz & hip-hop, underlined by an authentic, signature New Orleans sound, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will bring a piece of their hometown to Vancouver’s Chan Centre.
2. At just 30-years old, Trombone Shorty has already enjoyed a long career in music. At just six year old, the trombone prodigy was already a bandleader, and as a teen became a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s world tour in 2005.
3. The concert will feature songs from Trombone Shorty’s 2013 album, Say That to Say This, which reached the #2 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.
4. Fans may recognize Trombone Shorty from his musical guest appearances on HBO’s post-Katrina New Orleans-set drama, Treme, or his performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards where he played alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.
5. Accomplished musicians in their own right, Trombone Shorty is joined by his band, Orleans Avenue: Mike Ballard on bass guitar, Pete Murano on guitar, BK Jackson on tenor sax, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, and Joey Peebles on drums.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver) on Sunday, September 25. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.