Day #5: Trombone Shorty – “Backatown”
See the trombone player in this video? That’s Troy Andrews. Also known as Trombone Shorty. He’s a New Orleans native, right out of Treme, the city’s oldest neighborhood. And, he’s one example of what I love about New Orleans. Aside from the fact that it is a city as yet untouched by the blob of homogenous living that seems to have overrun much of the United States, it is a city where you’ll find impromptu sidewalk performances by musicians of all ilks any time of day. In one day, we ran into a Dixieland wedding procession (my favorite) and later that night, a young jazz band on the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets. Both that drew big crowds of people who got so swept up in the music. (I posted some photos below of the Dixieland wedding, but you can find photos of other musicians we saw on Tom’s Think Visual blog).
The precession of wedding invitees and elated strangers continued down Royal Street.
Thanks, New Orleans, we had a great time visiting your city.