Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Mavis Staples

Troy Andrews (pictured), now well over six feet tall, acquired his Trombone Shorty nickname around the tender age of four, when he was already playing on the streets of his Tremé neighborhood on an instrument longer than he was. Long a stalwart of the Crescent City scene, he broke nationally and internationally with 2010's Backatown and its follow-up, For True, both high-energy blasts of NOLA brass band tradition, funk, jazz, rock, soul, and hip-hop. Andrews is a charismatic band leader, whether blowing on trombone or trumpet, or as a soulful vocalist who can do justice to Marvin Gaye. Gospel and R&B great Mavis Staples, meanwhile, just released One True Vine, her second album working with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (following the Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone). Vine's sound is relatively spare, making Staples's marvelous voice even more prominent, contributing to a slightly somber, more intimate but no less enthralling mood. Tweedy again wrote a handful of thoughtful originals for the session, which mesh nicely with the gospel standards and covers of Nick Lowe, George Clinton, and Low's Alan Sparhawk.
Sun., July 21, 7:30 p.m., 2013

 
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