Trombone Shorty @ The Basement
Posted on April 5, 2012 by ChuckTaylor
After rocking Bluesfest in 2011, Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue are heading back to Byron this year and I got a chance to catch these guys live at The Basement last night.
Flanked by saxophones, guitars, bongos and drums, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews absolutely belted out his own brand of super-funk-rock to a packed house that I just don’t think knew what was in store for them. Calling himself “Trombone”, you just know he went hard on that instrument last night but he also kicked some tunes on his trumpet, serenaded the ladies with “Something Beautiful” and did a stirring rendition of “When the saints go marching in” with his uncanny Louis Armstrong impression.
I felt a bit sorry for the crowd that had parked their butts on seats for dinner beforehand because the rest of crowd crammed around the bar were moving there feet, bobbing their heads and rocking ridiculous smiles right from the killer intro (below). That changed about half way through the show when Trombone Shorty got everyone up and really got the party going. The pace picked up, the entire crowd was loose and even the security guards were shakin’ their money makers. Even if only for an hour, I felt like I was back in a New Orleans jazz club without a care in the world. Amazing.