Photo By Mathew Wenthe
Growing up in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood, Troy Andrews-- "Trombone Shorty” --played in brass band parades before his arms were long enough to reach all the positions of the slide. He was a bandleader by age six. Originally attracting attention for his youth, by his teens he was attracting attention for his virtuosity. Now 25, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has come a long way. He was nominated for a Grammy Award this year—appearing live at the ceremonies-- for Backatown which held the #1 position on the Billboard Charts for Jazz and Contemporary Music for nine weeks. Earlier, he performed on a Grammy-winning record with Buckwheat Zydeco and an Oscar-nominated record with Dr. John (an LJF favorite). He has appeared in four episodes of the current HBO series Treme. Andrews also performed on Where Y'At as part of The Sixth Ward All-Star Brass Band Revue featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers.
A graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Troy was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz's horn section for a 2005 world tour and has appeared with U2 among others. His Orleans Avenue band includes Troy Andrews on trombone, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, Tim McFatter on tenor sax, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, and Dwayne "Big D" Williams on percussion. The band has toured in support of their hit record across North America, Europe, Japan and Brazil, and supported shows for Jeff Beck in the U.K. and Dave Matthews Band in the U.S. They have performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Austin City Limits. This is their first Litchfield Jazz Festival appearance. Bring your dancing shoes!!!!
Line-Up Page Photo Credit: Jane Richey