The 12th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) wraps up today with free shows on 4 outdoor stages featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue back for his fourth appearance. Plus, a full night of shows in the clubs, all followed by the final jam session at the Rochester Plaza. This year’s festival has been a showcase of “known” and “unknown” musicians – tonight will be a party in the streets that should not be missed!
The latest album from Trombone Shorty and the Orleans Avenue, For True, offers substantive proof of their explosive growth, further refining the signature sound Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has dubbed “Supafunkrock.”
Andrews hails from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans’ 6th Ward, getting his nickname at four years old when he was observed by his older brother James marching in a street parade wielding a trombone twice as long as the kid was high. He got his start early, learning how to play drums and the trumpet at the age of three. By the time he reached six, this prodigy was playing trumpet and trombone in a jazz band led by his older brother James.
The band – Mike Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax and Tim McFatter on tenor sax – stirs together old-school jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats, and they’ve added some tangy new ingredients on For True as they keep pushing the envelope, exploring new musical territory.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be at the East Ave. & Alexander St. Stage, tonight at 9:00PM – this is a FREE show.