TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE with special guest BLIND BOY PAXTON at The Metro Theatre, Sydney April 10th 2017
Story & Photos by: Dave (DOS) O’Sullivan
There is a very true saying about music that says” Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”…..and how true that is. On an unseasonally cool Sydney evening, Troy Michael Andrews ( aka Trombone Shorty ) and his band came to the party and there was going to be no prisoners taken; these boys hit the stage running and their funky wall of sound had the crowd moving without much if any encouragement. Born in the Treme district of New Orleans, Troy Andrews was given a trombone at the age of 4 which was at the time twice his height hence the nickname ; he wandered around following the second line players, picking up his craft with no formal training and leading his own band by age 8…..no wonder the guy can throw down the funk like he does and he is only 31 years old. Catch these guys at Bluesfest in Byron Bay this weekend if you can…..they shake it!
Jerron “ Blind Boy “ Paxton was an engaging, funny and wonderful support, just a guy on his own, virtually blind since the age of 17, who has embraced his family’s musical culture and is adept at guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones…..sometimes both at once. His music delves way back to the pre-war 1920’ and 1930’s blues, his piedmont style finger picking is a joy as is his banjo playing. Another to catch at Byron Bay this weekend.
TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE are:
TROY ANDREWS: Trombone. Trumpet, Vocals
PETE MURANO: Guitar
DAN OESTREICHER: Baritone Sax
JOEY PEEBLES: Drums
B K JACKSON: Tenor Sax
MIKE BAILEY: Bass