In what has become a holiday tradition, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue played its first of two nights at the Ogden Theatre on Thursday. The band returned to do the two nights of winter shows after a highly successful turnout last year.
See photos below of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue in 2012.
It wasn’t a sold out show, and that was just fine. There was more room to dance and stomp about, and chances are, Trombone Shorty’s Friday night show will be even more crowded.
Trombonist and trumpeter, Troy Andrews’ latest album “Say That To Say This” — released in September of this year — provided a good set of new material for the band to offer the funk hungry crowd. Andrews played new songs “Fire and Brimstone” and “Be My Lady” off the album, steering back to that Orleans Jazz/funk sound in the tradition of James Brown, the Meters and Neville Brothers. But rock and hip hop isn’t out of his talent range. The band blew the crowd away with covers of Green Day’s “On my own Here we go” and 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue continues to grow in popularity every year and he does it by playing these winter shows to gear fans up for the summer festival circuit where he shines the most.
If you didn’t make it last night, find a ticket for tonight. If that doesn’t pan out, Jazz Aspen’s festival kicks off June 19 with him on the main stage. Other headliners include Diana Krall and Tony Bennett, all acts firmly rooted in jazz.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.