Opening the show was New Breed Brass Band and they were dope. They’re from New Orleans, LA also, and their sound is an infused funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop. Whoa! You have to hear these guys they’ll have you on your feet dancing in the aisles. The band members are Caleb Windsay, Douane Waples, Marc Francis, Adolf Sorina, Jenard Andrews Desmond Provost, Aurélien Barnes, Gregory Warner, John Perkins
Troy Andrews aka TROMBONE SHORTY & Orleans Ave performed at the Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ. To say this was a good show is an understatement, the drums, the bass guitar, the sax playing in the dark before the lights came on. Then the band Mike Bass-Bailey – Bass Guitar, Pete Murano – Guitar, Dan Oestreicher – Baritone Sax, Joey Peebles – Drums, BK Jackson – Tenor Sax already in their spots.
Out marches Trombone Shorty doing his trademark raising of his horns as a greeting to the crowd. He jumps right into it. Doing a few of his hits and some covers like… Red Hot Chilli Peppers (whom they were on tour with) GIVE IT AWAY NOW. Jackson 5 mixed with his Left foot Right Foot dance. Shout Lil Bit Louder Now…HHHEEEYYY. Those guys were jumping all over that stage. One of my favorite parts of the show was the horn battle. It’s like they’ll form a circle and see who can hold a note the longest. There was great crowd partition at the Van Buren, it was my first time shooting the there. The staff, the lighting gets a thumbs up from me. I can’t wait to go back.
Pick up Trombone Shorty’s new Parking Lot Symphony, the debut album for Blue Note Records, out now.