Traditional Jazz is officially back! As usual, in American Jazz music, one doesn’t have to go too far from the Bayou to find the sounds that draw us in and keep us listening. With the success of HBO’s “Treme,” the country is back to jumping about Jazz. Particularly jazz with Preservation Hall themes. Two acts featured on Treme, that are exploding onto the National Jazz scene as well are Kermit Ruffins, and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.
Kermit, hailed as the spiritual successor to to Louis Armstrong by more than a few Louisiana natives, is a flawless trumpeter and fronts excellently with his band “The BBQ Swingers.” Playing a mix of classic New Orleans material, as well as perennial favorites and personal material. It’s said that the only rival to Kermit’s music is his barbecue which he tailgates before most shows.
Troy “Trombone Shorty” is a new musical legacy. The youngest of the currently performing Andrews Brothers, Shorty is said to have started playing trombone before he could walk properly with it, earning him his nickname. Many will recognize his screaming horns from the background of numerous Lenny Kravitz tracks. Lenny himself sings the background vocals on Shorty’s new “Something Beautiful.”Take a look here to learn more: Trombone Shorty: New Album in Sept
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