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Trombone Shorty coming to Skipper's Smokehouse




Here, ladies and gentlemen, is a show you will not want to miss: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are coming to Skipper's Smokehouse on Jan. 9.

Let's back up a minute. You might recall we chatted with Trombone Shorty, a.k.a. Troy Andrews, prior to this year's WMNF Tropical Heatwave in May. A veteran of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the 23-year-old Trombone Shorty was supposed to be a top-notch entertainer. But we thought: The man plays a trombone! How cool can he possibly be?

Flash-forward to Heatwave. Here's what we wrote about Shorty's show-stopping performance:

The man might be one of the next great charismatic frontmen in music. With his band Orleans Avenue, he just tore Heatwave a new one with a bombastic 90-minute set of jazz, funk and R&B. He sang like a prophet of soul. He made his trombone sound like a saxophone. He made his trumpet sound like R2D2. ...

During When The Saints Go Marching In, he sang like Louie Armstrong, led the band on a "second line" walk through the crowd and -- why not? -- threw in a little Violent Femmes, for good measure. He had the crowd pogoinng like they were at a Lil' Wayne concert. And on the finale, a salsified Minnie the Moocher, he held a sustained trill on his trumpet for a couple of minutes, just because he could.

So yeah. I was impressed. Trombone Shorty. Write it down.

Well, we wrote it down, and now Shorty's coming back to Tampa. Take our word for it: You want to see this show.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]


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