Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: “Dumaine St.”
Trombone Shorty comes from an impressive pedigree. Born Troy Andrews, and reared in the Treme neighborhood of New Orlean’s Sixth Ward, he is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews, and his cousin is Glen David Andrews, another great New Orleans jazz man. Andrews is also grandson of songwriter Jessie Hill (of “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” fame).
Andrews absorbed the sounds of his home. A musical prodigy, the 25-year-old Andrews has been playing instruments since before he could barely hold them. He earned his nickname when he was just a boy of six playing a trombone twice as long as he was tall as he marched down the street in a brass band. In 2005, and still a teenager, Andrew was asked by Lenny Kravitz to join his touring band. Kravitz is just one of the many, many artists Andrews has lent his prodigious skills to. He’s also played with Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Galactic, the Dave Matthews Band and the Neville Brothers, just to name a very few. Andrews has graced the stage of festivals and shows all over the world. He’s even had guest appearances in HBO’s show “Treme” Today’s song of the day “Dumaine St.” comes from Andrews’ latest For True, released this past September. For True is the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated 2010 debut Backatown.
“Dumaine St.” was named after the street where Andrews’ spent his childhood years. The song is a perfect example of what he calls “Supafunkrock.” It surges with that signature New Orleans flavor. Andrews, along with his band Orleans Avenue, are masters of taking the traditional and pushing the art form forward. The guitars are crunchy, the beat is driving, and, of course the horns are terrific.