Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will perform at the Wheeler on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 for general admission, $68 reserved (Wheeler Wins! member pricing available) and will go on sale Friday, December 8 at 12 Noon at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.
Trombone Shorty, a beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews, was raised in one of the most musical families in New Orlean’s famous neighborhood of Tremé. Andrews got his name when he picked up his instrument at 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, he joined Lenny Kravitz’ band.
Andrews’ previous projects include 2010’s Grammy-nominated “Backatown,” his sophomore effort, “For True,” which spent 12 weeks atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. His latest two albums include “Say That To Say This” and “Parking Lot Symphony.”
In the past few years alone, Andrews has appeared on recent recordings by an eclectic assortment of artists ranging from Zac Brown to Eric Clapton to Rod Stewart and Cee Lo Green, while taking the time to initiate a mentoring program at Tulane University via his Trombone Shorty Foundation. He’s also been featured on the covers of Downbeat and Jazziz magazines, as well as on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Austin City Limits and in a recurring role on the hit HBO series Tremé. The band was also chosen to play the closing set at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a huge honor in the world of true music lovers.
But for Andrews, the biggest thrill of all was performing at the White House in February 2012. “That was a dream come true about 50 times over,” he says. “When we started playing, I forgot I was at the White House because I was on stage with all this musical royalty – B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T. Jones, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., the list goes on. And then, when I turned to the audience, there’s the President and the First Lady. I’m like, ‘This can’t be happening.'”
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