Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., 12/28/11

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave .
Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO
December 28, 2011


Night one of a sold out two night run for Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue was a jumping affair. The young and very exciting ambassadors of the Crescent City brought the block party to the masses with a smoking night that was a blend of both traditional New Orleans music and non-traditional material as well.   Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has been in the spot light most of his life, and seems to be just fine with all the attention. From the jump he has always shown that he has supreme talent, but his maturation as a bandleader was what was truly impressive about his performance in Denver.

Through the entire night “Shorty” led his talent ensemble through changes and segues with the greatest appearance of ease. An added bonus came in the form of Grammy nominated and Denver locals, The Fray being in the house for the night.  This was no coincidence as The Fray guitarist Joe King spent some time in New Orleans writing material for the new the band’s forthcoming album, Scars and Stories (scheduled for release in 2012). While in NOLA, he became buddies with “Shorty” and to the chagrin of the packed theater’s audience, King joined the band for a first time performance of a song that he and Orleans Avenue created on the fly. It was a fun call and response with the audience, and was clearly a greater honor for Joe to be off the cuff with these talented NOLA cats.

All in in all it was a great night of music, and rumor has it night two was even more off the charts.


Click the thumbnail to view shots from the show by Brad Hodge