Boulder is ‘supafunkrockified’ at The Fox
On Wednesday, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his insanely tight band, ‘Orleans Avenue’, brought their high energy brand of New Orleans inspired funk to The Fox Theatre. Tell your friends, tell your friends’ friends, invite yo' momma and yo' poppa….go see this band!
While Branford Marsalas has anointed Trombone Shorty as the “future of New Orleans jazz”, this band is so much more than what you have come to expect from the genre. Andrews calls it “supafunkrock” and you’d be hard pressed to disagree after witnessing this band live. Backed by a 6 piece funk band featuring Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, Dwayne Williams on bass and Tim McFatter on tenor sax (who could be a headliner in his own right), Trombone Shorty has cultivated a sound that transcends New Orleans Jazz, while embracing all the richness the city brings to music.
No disrespect to jazz legend Stanley Clarke, but Shorty’s “Backatown” was far more deserving of a Grammy last week, even if the band doesn’t fit neatly into the “Best Contemporary Jazz” category. Not that Shorty’s complaining mind you…his rise to fame has been fast and furious while his legion of fans continues to grow. What makes the band so compelling is that you can’t easily define it.
"In our band we have people from different cultural backgrounds who listen to all kinds of different styles," Andrews explains, "and when we get into our studio in New Orleans - we call it the Gumbo Room - we throw it all in and see how we can make it work as one thing, so that it's not so left-field. We just try to make everything fit, you know, and I think that had a major effect on the record. We just banged a bunch of things out to see how they could work. We weren't afraid to approach a bunch of different musical styles - rock music, R&B, whatever - just because there's a horn in front. We just did what we do, and over time we developed something fresh.”
That freshness and energy is all over their live performance. Ever the showman, Shorty allows each member of the band to shine in their own right. During one extended jam, each band member is brought forth to prove they have the dance chops to match their expert instrumental chops. Of course, they don’t…they can’t. Each member adds a virtuosity to their craft that Justin Timberlake would be hard pressed to match on a dance floor. (For the record, Dwayne “McLovin” Williams brought the house down with his moves!).
Grab your dancing shoes and go see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. In the meantime, enjoy some photos of the band from their Fox Theatre performance.