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It's parade Saturday of Mardi Gras week in St. Louis, which makes it a doubly appropriate time to check out some clips of New Orleans trombonist and vocalist Glen David Andrews, who will be in town next Wednesday, March 9 to play The Gramophone.
A protege of New Orleans legend Anthony Tuba Fats" Lacen, cousin of Troy Trombone Shorty" Andrews, and brother of Rebirth Brass Band's Derrick Tabb, Andrews draws on jazz, gospel, rock, blues and funk and, as seen in today's four videos, has his own idiosyncratic takes on the familiar Crescent City standards.
The first clip catches Andrews in mid-set at the Louisiana Music Factory during Jazz Fest 2009, winding down a tune and launching into a raucous Basin Street Blues, then jumping offstage into the crowded aisles to encourage audience participation.
Down below are three clips show at Joe's Pub in NYC that provide additional examples of Andrews' high-energy style. From July 2009, there's a version of When The Saints Go Marching In" that segues into a head-banging rock number, followed by Iko Iko" and, from a different gig in October 2010, I Walk On Gilded Splinters." Note that these clips were all shot by an audience member with a camcorder, so they're not exactly broadcast quality, but they're entertaining nonetheless.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.