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Summer of Jazz sneak peek

A look at Wednesday’s performers, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up in the same historic New Orleans neighborhood famous for producing the earliest jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Kid Ory. When he was 8 years old, Andrews was such a popular entertainer the neighborhood named him “Trombone Shorty.” By 16, Andrews had established a reputation in the North American and international jazz world. He has produced several recordings of his own compositions and was recently featured on the PBS tribute to Louis Armstrong.

Four talented young jazz performers comprise Andrew’s group, Orleans Avenue. Joshua Titford plays blues guitar; 15-year-old drummer Joey Peebles is a native of New Orleans; James Martin is sideman and featured soloist as well as saxophonist for the highly-acclaimed band; and bass guitar player Michael Randolph Ballard, with his lightening quick fingers, are a central part of the New Orleans sound.



For more information on Andrews and Orleans Avenue, see Wednesday’s PI and http://www.summerofjazz.com.


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