During the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio backstage inside the old barracks of Fort Adams. During two afternoons, a succession of artists-including Hiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Anat Cohen, Steve Coleman, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Michel Camilo, Miguel Zenon and many others-came in to talk about the festival, jazz education and their own projects. We will be posting these interviews at jazztimes.com over the next few months. You can also see more of these video inteviews at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.
In this interview from the Newport Jazz Festival, Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, talked about growing up in New Orleans surrounded by so many great musicians, many of whom became mentors and teachers for him. As Esperanza Spalding and her group played within earshot of the interview, Andrews talked about how much he enjoyed playing festivals like Newport and how he was looking forward to hearing Spalding perform that day.
Throughout the interview, Andrews continually citing the importance of community, not only in his hometown of New Orleans but also out on the road as musicians. And as if to punctuate that point, immediately after the interview he spotted Wynton Marsalis getting into a car to leave the festival grounds and proceeded to hop a fence and run to the vehicle to pay his respects.
Trombone Shorty on playing at Newport and whom he was looking forward to hearing: