06/24/11 By Mark Robbins
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Show at The Jewish Mother, Va. Beach, Virginia
The first hurricane of the season stormed into Virginia Beach last week when Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, blew the roof off the new Jewish Mother. The triple threat Trombone Shorty; trombone, trumpet, and an always improving voice, lead the band in a rousing multi genre set that included music from their latest CD, Backatown, plus a trip down memory lane with a little vocal R and B and a tip of
the hat to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. It was great to hear one of
todays young New Orleans super stars give props to Satchmo, he didn't try to imitate that gravely voice or hold the trademark white handkerchief, he just sang and offered the respect Armstrong deserves.
The nearly sold out house was on it's feet from the first blast from Shorty's bone and didn't stop dancing until the final note of the night. This band is tight, be it funking up, rocking out, or jamming around, these guys seem to be having as much fun playing for and with each other as they do playing for the audience. Whether they are running around the stage, gyrating on the floor, or soloing, each musician gives it the high energy that leaves the audience wanting more. While the crowd who was there can listen to Backatown, all will be waiting eagerly for Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue to come back to town.
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