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 love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!