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Trombone ShortyTrombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Eric’s, Mathew Street, Liverpool

September 23, 2011

Having announced his presence so dramatically to UK audiences earlier in the week on Later – with Jools Holland, it was with great excitement amongst the audience that Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews took to the stage at the new Eric’s this evening. An excitement and anticipation that proved well founded as the little man from New Orleans, who is graced with such vast energy, powered through a set lasting ninety minutes featuring songs from his latest album, For True, and covers from greats such as Marvin Gaye with barely a pause, quite literally, for breath.

Backed superbly by his band, Orleans Avenue, and most notably by Joey Peebles (Drums), Mike Ballard (Bass) and Tim McFatter (Tenor Sax), Andrew’s skills not only on trombone but also on trumpet, electrified the audience to such an extent that, by the time it was time to say farewell, many were left as exhausted as the man must surely have been himself.


With what he defines as “Supafunk”, many of the pieces are instrumental, featuring dynamic call-and-response sections from those around him – including the audience – or choppy, single note riffs, these both are as beguiling as they are near perfect and all of which naturally provides an almost tangible sparkle throughout which is accentuated still further by a voice that’s tone is reminiscent of the subtle, silky smoothness of a young Stevie Wonder’s, mixed with just a hint of the raw edginess of James Brown in his heyday.

Closing on his latest single, Do To Me, this is not – to paraphrase M & S – just jazz; this is Trombone Shorty funk, rock, hip-hop infused jazz that quite honestly takes the breath away as sharply as a bolt of lightening homing in from the clear blue sky. A feeling that is yet still further accentuated by the intimacy of a venue that is surely destined for as many great things as its predecessor in the seventies and eighty’s, if this is anything to go by.

A quite superb night that, hopefully, will be repeated much sooner rather than much later.

Chris High  /





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