NEW YEAR’S EVE 2012
KERMIT RUFFINS FEATURING NAYO JONES DECEMBER 31, 2011 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
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THE NEW NEW ORLEANS
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Interview with Delfeayo Marsalis AT SNUG hARBOR
The Re-Opening of The Joy Theater The re-opening of historic landmark joy theater
James Andrews Trumpet satchmo of the ghetto
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DELFEAYO MARSALIS at Snug Harbor Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. About the time that he first started playing trombone, Marsalis was already greatly interested in the recording process. “When I was in fifth or sixth grade, my brother Branford showed me how to create a feedback loop on a reel to reel machine. At that time there was reel-to-real need in the family for demo tapes. In fact, I was recording Wynton when he was in high school. When I was in seventh grade, he challenged me to have his demo tape sound on the same level
504 Mag Interviews Delfeayo Marsalis. Legendary Trumbone player and Cornerstone
as Maurice Andre’s classical studio recordings. It was all trial and error and I learned a great deal.” From the age of 17 until the present, Marsalis has produced over 100 recordings for major artists including Harry Connick, Jr, Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Roberts, Adam Makowicz, Nicholas Payton, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the projects of Ellis, Branford and Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Marsalis is an exceptional trombonist who toured internationally with five renowned bandleaders. “Art Blakey taught me a lot about patience and how to construct a solo. My compositions are influenced by Abdullah Ibrahim’s harmonies. Slide Hampton inspired me with the relaxation that he displays in his trombone playing along with his command of the instrument. With Max Roach, I learned that I had to be on top of my game every moment. And Elvin Jones, who I worked with for seven or eight years, taught me about humanity, expressing myself through my instrument, and how to keep time without relying on other players.” During a tour with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he was filmed as part of the Ken Burn’s documentary, Jazz, and he was an integral part of Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration, a DVD that assembled all of the musical Marsalis’ for the first time and was featured on PBS. Continued on page 10
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JOYNAYO THEATER JONES DECEMBER 31, 2011 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
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Don’t Sleep on Delfeayo Marsalis: he’s a Beast By: Shirley Jones
Delfeayo Marsalis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 28, 1965. He began studying trombone at age 13, and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school. He was classically trained at the Eastern Music Festival and school Taglewood Institute. In 1983, Delfeayo performed Gordon Jacob’s Trombone Concerto with the New Orleans Philharmonic and received the Outstanding Performance Award from the Jefferson Peform ing Arts Society for his presentation of Marcello’s Sonata #6. Delfeayo Marsalis produced his first recording at age 17. Along10 stylus magazine
side his many other accomplish ments, Delfeayo attended the prestigious Berkley College of Music, majoring in both performance and audio production. He has since produced over 75 major label recordings, several of which have received Grammy Awards and/or nominations, including works by: Harry Connick, Jr., Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Ellis, Branford and Wynton Marsalis. His production skills earned him 3M Visionary Award in 1996 and a cover article for the industry source, Mix Magazine in 1997.
DELFEAYO MARSALIS As a trombonist, Delfeayo has toured internationally with legendary jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton and Max Roach, as well as touring with his own modern jazz ensemble. During a tour with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he was filmed as part of the Ken Burns documentary, ”Jazz.” A mainstay on the New Orleans modern jazz scene, he has released three solo albums that have received critical acclaim, Pontius Pilate’s Decision in 1992, Musashi in 1997, and Minions Dominion in September 2006. Along with late trombone master J.J. Johnson, several music reviewers have labeled Mr. Marsalis as one of the freshest modern voices on the instrument to arrive in the 90’s. Delfeayo has been involved with educating youth in various developmental programs over the years. In 1993, his original D-Blues was commissioned by “Meet the Composer” for the Filmore Arts Center in Washington, DC, and in 1995 he lectured in public to parochial schools on behalf of both the Dallas Opera and the Bravo cable network. In his relentless efforts to further introduce young people to jazz music, he served as director of the Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence summer program in Lawrenceville, NJ from 1998 to 2002. In 2004, Delfeayo obtained an MA in jazz performance at the University of Louisville. In addition he implemented Uptown Music Theatre’s Kidstown After School Project in three New Orleans grammar schools. In 2009 he released a new CD entitled “Sweet Thunder,” an Ellington suite based upon the literary brilliance of William Shakespeare. Delfeayo’s career spans more than 45 years and is not slowing down in the least.
Publisher / CEO & Chief Editor William “Doc” Jones Associate Editor / Director of Sales Patrick Gilder Senior Writer/ Editor Shirley Jones Associate Writer /Editor Cynthia Gill Mitchell Media Consultant Jim Hutson Senior Photographer Randolph ”Mookie” Square Chief Photo Editor Dr. William Jones ©504 MULTIMEDIA, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Meet The Publisher Welcome to 504 Mag, as Publisher / CEO & Chief Editor,“I am most proud of the work our writers have done in this issue. We hope you enjoy reading about The Andrews family and much more.” “Congratulations to Trombone Shorty for your great work’s” Once you meet him, you’ll remember him. Dr. William Jones referred to as Doc) is Founder/CEO and publisher of the pulse of NOLA’s, 504Mag.com. Doc Jones brings a high level of energy, excitement and hands- on technique to anything he believes in. Doc’s motto, and love of people, alongside his many talents continue to be, “if you believe in it, you should be a contributing factor to it.”
Doc is excited about the restoration of and is spearheading an all out effort to bring an influx of new ready-to-run contributors to the area armed with current information in 504Mag.com. He recently stated, “It’s not the remaining rubble, even though the devastation of Katrina remains vividly in my mind, but the beauty of the people, the succulence of the food and the warmth of the City.” He once performed himself on Bourbon Street and recalls the happy throngs of tourists he entertained.
Doc Jones William “Doc” Jones / CEO firstname.lastname@example.org
504Mag comes to give and not take from the history of the culture within that makes NOLA so unique. He offers whatever experience and expertise he has garnered over several decades towards the complete restoration of New Orleans; a City that feels like home.
Doc Jones is the sum total of all that he has experienced; a music educator, professional musician, restaurant owner, writer, producer and owner of a recording studio - all within the realm of music for more than 35 years. Everywhere he has lived from Chicago to Arizona and now New Orleans, he brings unforgetable happy and fond memories. Though there will always be a special place in his heart for Chicago, Doc Jones is quoted to have said, New Orleans is “His Kind of Town.”
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THE REOPENING OF THE JOY THEATEr
historic hotspot that hosted top movies of the day, as well as live entertainment in its heyday on New Orleans’ Canal Street coveted corner spot. The Joy Theater experienced severe flood damage in 2005 like so many other properties, including individuals’ private homes as well as both large and small businesses in the area. On the day Doc Jones visited the theater in hopes of getting a peek inside prior to its refurbished grand opening on December 29, 2011, he gained entrance as a member of the press and found himself surprisingly impressed. What he saw was something of the old and a lot of the new. The outcome of the obvious costly thousands of hours of restoration work and updated improvements was breathtaking. The work was done with an eye toward restoration, rather than change. The newly hung
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curtains and seating are a testament to the financial investment made in giving this piece of history back to New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina reeked havoc on more than private citizens. Landmarks like the once majestic Joy Theater had been a hub for visitors and native New Orleanians alike. It was explained to me that there had been several startups and halts in repairing and
restoring the Joy Theater since 2005. The many contractors, craftsmen and owners all have something to stick their chests out about. Though it was still in the process of being made ready for the 29th drop-dead opening, on Doc’s visit recognized it would truly be a grand–
reopening. The Joy is something to be proud of and everyone concerned is able to speak about their part in bringing the Joy back with pride. With just a few more touches in the weeks to come the seating would be installed. After the carpet installation with its brand new smell. The Joy Theater originally opened on February 7, 1947, and had the honor of hosting many firsts. It included the latest equipment and clear sound. The Joy also provided a “cry room,” the first of its kind included sound-proof, glass encased area for mothers with babies. The “Joy” lovingly coined by natives, was the brainchild of Joy Houck, who named the Joy Theater after himself. Mr. Houck opened many theaters across the southeast (60 to be exact). In 1947, local publications heralded the Joy Theater as being the first of its kind on Canal Street in 20 years and a precursor to the streamlined vision of the 1950s. 5 0 4 MAGA Z INE 1 4
he Joy was built at a cost of $275,000 and hosted seating for 1,250 attendees. Many celebrities, including Dan Duryea were special guests at the Joy Theaterâ€™s opening weekend, which screened Lucille Ball in the revenge-comedy Lover Come Back. Duryeaâ€™s film White Tie and Tails opened the following week. Since Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, the City has given special attention to the recovery of Canal Street. The glory days of the Canal Street area surrounding the Joy Theater were far behind it by the 1980s. The theater remained in operation through the 2000s.
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New Year’s Eve at The JOY Theater With Kermit Ruffins and Big Sam's Funky Nation! Special Guest Nayo Jones
Ladies and gentlemen this reporter is here to tell you, if you missed the New Year’s Eve Gala at the newly refurbished Joy Theater, you missed a memorable event! 504Mag was there and there is no question you miss the biggest party in New Orleans on Dec 31, 2011 at one of New Orleans’ finest venues – the JOY!
style of performance, as well as for getting the audience involved, Mr. Ruffins lived up to his reputation. Under Mr. Ruffin’s expert guidance, his Trumpet filled the Joy as it belted out the old sounds that New Orleans never tires of. During one of his highly energetic songs, approximately 50 ladies of all ages, stature and style joined Ruffins and his band on stage. You could feel For a mere $75.00 you would’ve the electricity running throughout been able to drink as much as you the venue and we all knew by then wanted throughout the evening on the party was on! After his last through the stroke of Midnight at no song just prior to Midnight he becharge. You would’ve enjoyed the gan counting down 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, crème de la crème of live entertain- 4, 3, 2, 1! Everyone in the house ment New Orleans has to offer. Big went crazy – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sam’s funky style took me back to the great musical era of the 70’s and You had to be there the atmo80’s, which included the recorded sphere was charged with good vibes and live performances of Aretha of hope and anticipation of new Franklin, Earth Wind and Fire, Tina Turner, James Brown, the Temptations and so many other. You get the idea; need we say more. There was standing room only with a thousand plus people dancing and partying, non stop. Kermit Ruffins was nearby keeping the momentum of celebration going in beginnings. You could hear reanticipation of the clock striking marks being made like “We made midnight. it another year.” “This is going to be the best year yet!” This is not a Known for his crowd pleasing pun but you could feel the joy in the
Joy that night. There was enough love in the place to go ‘round - you could feel it, breath it in. It was an electric night for all in attendance, especially for those who had survived the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina and the Gulfland oil spills. The party continued on after the well wishes, hugs and kisses.
While the excitement was still in the air, Kermit asked everyone to put their hands together because he had a special surprise for them. He announced in his inimitable fashion, “Ladies and Gentleman without any further ado, Ms Nayo Jones!” When Ms. Jones joined Ruffins and the band on stage, the audience became very quiet. This attractive, well dressed young woman opened her mouth and she had the audience at the first note. Full speed ahead and the party was back in full swing! By the time she left the stage party goers were chanting her name, NAYO! NAYO! NAYO! It was a night for all to remember. By: Doc & Shirley Jones
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SATCHMO OF THE GHETTO
JAMES ANDREWS Aka Satchmo of the Ghetto, Aka 12
504mag is proud to introduce and re-introduce to those who have had the privilege of seeing James Andrews perform or the opportunity to listen to one of his many recordings. Having had the title bestowed upon him by his peers and fans alike. Andrews is well able to meet the high standards required to carry the title of Satchmo of the Ghetto. James Andrews, also known as 12, came to the forefront of 504mag’s editorial staff ’s research when 504Mag’s Publisher/CEO, Doc Jones, saw Andrews perform live and met him socially. He is the quintessential entertainer and a all ‘round good guy. Andrews is the big brother to Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, another renowned trumpet/trombone player and singer. The Andrews come directly from the musical roots of New Orleans. The Andrews boys sprang from good musical stock; that is, the family possesses a wealth of musical history. While in New Orleans, Doc Jones had the combined task and privilege of covering several red carpet events. Some of the galas were inspired by the planning of the 2013 Super Bowl. Doc Jones, a musician himself of over 30 years, says “When I heard this smooth trumpet player with a swinging trio, I had to stop my coverage duties, to listen to this young man. He blew me away with the command of his 28 stylus magazine
instrument he exhitited. Hands down it was a must have interview for 504Mag. Doc later asked James if he was acquainted with another well known New Orleans musician, Kermit Ruffins. James began to update me, “Man me and Kermit go way back. We’ve played together in many bands and have thrown back a few Budweisers along the way.” His conversation moved on from Kermit Ruffins to the names of several other outstanding musicians out of his home town. 12’s history goes way back; he’s performed with every major entertainer who has come out of New Orleans over the past 30 yrs plus. The conversation eventually led to more heartfelt memories. I found that both James and Trombone Shorty are direct decendants of two of New Orleans’ legendary R&B greats. His grandfather was Jessie Hill. Jessie wrote and sang the lyrics in his hit “Ooh Poo Pah Doo. Hill was born in 1932 and raised in the Ninth Ward. All hapenning in the heart of New Orleans, not far from Fats Domino’s home. The Andrews brothers’ cousin Herlin Riley plays drums for Wynton Marsalis. Riley was born in New Orleans, Louisiana into a musical family hinself. He first began playing the drums at the age of three; and studied trumpet throughout high school By: Shirley Jones
and on through two years of college, Later his interest in the instrument waned and he began to focus again on drums. There are other family members performing as well currently in the Rebirth Brass Band, a premiere band in New Orleans today. As with most musical families, what more should we expect than that James’ younger brother “Trombone Shorty” credits him for having spurred his career onward and upward. It has been written time and time again that James’ younger brother, Troy gives him credit for starting up his performing career at the tender age of 4 years old. Make it a point to include a James Andrews performance on your itinerary when you next visit New Orleans. No doubt you’ll look around to find a number of his musical colleagues in the audience as well. James has appeared on CDs with Kermit Ruffins Chuck Carbo, Doc Cheatham, Charles Neville as well
as with his brotherTroy, just to name a few. 504mag, does its research and is a believer that James Andrews is at the top of the list of outstanding Jazz greats in NOLA. He’s ‘The Truth” as they say in New Orleans., the quintessential entertainer and an all ‘round good guy - on stage and off. According to Doc Jones, “the high standard James applies to his music certainly complements his remarkable stage presence.” In this instance Satchmo of the Ghetto, is more than a title; it’s an honor rightfully bestowed James. High in the sky, at 504Mag we are sure Satchmo is proud to have James Andrews carriy that title. Don’t forget to pick up James’ newest CD. The Big Time stuff
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Esperanza Spalding 504Mag’s Next Issue Cover Artist... Heritage Jazz Festival 2012 New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, along with . it’s brilliant mosaic of culture, food and music. You’ll find brimming bowls of gumbo, late nights in jazz clubs, strolls through historic neighborhoods and tantalizing festivals throughout the year.. Come to New Orleans to experience one of America’s richest destinations culturally and historically.
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Derrick Freeman Drummer/ Entertainer Extraordinaire Derrick Freeman is originally from Houston, TX and is on the precipice of the new movement of New Orleans Music. He started learning classical piano and percussion at the age of 8. His music is grounded in Southern Gospel and Jazz. After graduating high school and under the advice of Wyton Marsalis, Derrick accepted a scholarship to study Jazz at the University Of New Orleans (UNO) in 1992.
During his studies at UNO, Derrick refined his skills under the tutelage of Mr. Ellis Marsalis and Mr. Harold Batiste. During that time, Freeman discovered the historical Treme Neighborhood where he learned the in’s and out’s of the New Orleans Brass Band culture. He was inspired by Treme legends Benny Jones, Sr., Uncle Lionel Batiste, Tuba Fats, Kermit Ruffins, Corey Henry and James Andrews. He studied New Orleans jazz drumming under Shannon Powell. Derrick soon became Powell’s “understudy,” taking whatever gigs Powell would give him. In 1994 at the age of twenty Freeman began playing and touring worldwide with Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers.
Three years later, Freeman began touring as a drummer for Coolbone, a New Orleans hip-hop brass band. Coolbone toured with groups such as Camp Lo, Spearhead, Wyclef Jean, Ben Harper and David Byrne. It was on these tours that Freeman’s musical concept changed. He realized that music was as much about entertainment as it was about self-fulfillment. After leaving Coolbone in 1998, Freeman returned to New Orleans with a new attitude. First, he completed his degree in Jazz Studies at UNO. Soon after Freeman hooked up with Steve Tegel (The Vacation) and began writing songs along with DJ Droo. Freeman and Tegel started the shortlived but popular group called Mass Hysteria. Later Freeman and Tegel joined forces with Davis Rogan in the ever popular New Orleans group All That.
In 2000 Freeman and Doug Miller left All That to start the band Cronk. Cronk quickly became one of the most popular groups in New Orleans. From 2000 to 2002, Cronk toured exten-
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sively throughout the United States and Canada and played several festivals in Colorado and California, in addition they played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2001 and 2002 and headlined at the French Quarter Festival in 2002.
After the break up of Cronk, Freeman briefly toured with Carlos Washington and Giant People. He then went back to basics, playing freelance gigs, studying music and composing original material. Freeman played with several New Orleans based groups such as Ideltime and Dimorphadon in 2002 he also rekindled his relationship with DJ Droo and started Wasted Nation, a freaked out Drum N’Bass group. In 2004 Freeman rejoined Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers and still performs with them today. In addition he currently plays with Sir Funk-a-Lot, Corey Henry, Jimbo Mathus and Jonathan Frelich. Freeman is also releasing his first solo CD, “It is What it is,” with his group “Smoker’s World.”
PLAYED AND TOURED WITH: Kermit Ruffins, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Ed Peterson, Victor Goines, Wes Anderson, Corey Henry Tricia Boute, John Boute, Adam Doritz, Cronk, All That, Coolbone, Ideltime, Merl Saunders, Carlos Washington, Leo Nocentell, Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet, Galactic, New Orleans Juice, Big Slim Hazard, Wasted Nation, Umami, Sir Funk-a-Lot, Iris May Tango, Troy Andrews, James Andrews, Treme Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield, Kid Chocolate Funkin Horns, 3$ Ja,. The Murder, Papa Mall, Charmaine Neville, Topsy Chapman, David Torkanowsky and George Porter, Jr.
RECORDED WITH: Kermit Ruffins, Cronk, Mr. Smoker, All That, New Orleans Juice, Galactic, Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet, Big Slim Hazard, Coolbone, Wasted Nation, Ideltime, Jimbo Mathus, Michael Franti, Sista Teedy, Sir Funk-a-Lot, Bass Heavy and Smoker’s World.
504mag would like to thank Derrick Freeman for giving us this opportunity to introduce him to our readers.
GLEN DAVID ANDREWS by Cynthia Gill - Mitchell
At 27-years-old, his gospel CD, “Walking Through Heaven’s Gates,” and which was released in 2009, is probably synonymous with what was told to his mother, Ms. Vana Acker, the night before he was born. “Let [tuba great] Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen “play a tune for you to induce your labor.” She did, he played, and it worked, after Tuba Fats played a tune just outside her front door. Glen David Andrews was born the following day. Ironically, and years later, he still prides himself on having played for money alongside “Tuba Fats” in the middle of Jackson square in the French quarter at the tender age of 12. During those times, one would imagine that the stage was set in motion. 504mag can safely say that Glen David Andrews was a child prodigy, simply based on his history, gifted background and the swift way he made his claim to fame. Glen David Andrews was literally born for musical greatness. Who knows, he probably heard the sounds of Tuba Fats while in the womb, before making his way 30 years ago into a world of jazz greats – some of which include his own family. Realizing a way was paved for his dream, he worked towards becoming a master at his skills when he continued on to follow in the footsteps of his first cousins; James and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and other mentors. Whenever the second-line parade rolled down New Orleans, Glen was usually seen at the side of his older brother, Derrick Tabb, who plays snare drums with the Rebirth Brass Band. During that period, Glen played bass drums, and soon after, at the age of 13, he crossed-over to play the trombone, which eventually became his weapon of sound. Glen was also a member of “Rebirth;” “Lil’ Rascals,” and Treme Brass Band, before developing his solo career. 504mag would definitely agree if Glen would at least humbly deem himself as one of the “best blessed” since joining the ranks among New Orleans finest Jazz greats. More than a few family members were his inspiration, while the likes of “Frogman” Joseph, Harry Nance, Harold DeJean, and other well-known locals, were definitely major contributors among a long list – and those he call “the cream of the crop.” Having grown up with and surrounded by all that musical genius, it eventually became clear that Glen David Andrews needed no formal training – he already had the “music in him.” Of course, with so many other gifted greats preceding him, Glen also frequently and respectfully pays homage to old hymns, spirituals and traditional jazz tunes in his stage performances.
Glen was a major act at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Louis Armstrong “Satchmo Music Festival.” There is no short list of his many accomplishments, and having grown up with and surrounded by such musical genius, all this has led to Glen being highly favored for his role in one of HBO’s Treme, where he played himself, and performed “Knock Wit Me.” Some may also recognize him from the winning documentary; Fauborgh Treme’: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.
504mag recently had the pleasure of witnessing Glen David Andrews’ musical prowess on Frenchman Street in New Orleans and in Atlanta. If you missed it, you can catch him on any Monday night at New Orleans’ famed d.b.a. on Frenchman.
As well, there are two other memorable honors he received following his appearances in Spike Lee’s brilliant documentaries, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, and “If Da Creek Don’t Rise.”
Glen is definitely a mainstay, a true performer who displays enough energy that will leave you pleasantly exhausted – literally. One can’t help but include themselves in this energetic entertainer’s fun time on stage. Hence, his trombone sass, his dancing, and remarkable baritone sound is combined with a personality that makes you feel as if you’ve known him for years. No audience is a stranger in his presence because he naturally exudes an aura of charm and relaxed, energetic timelessness for all to enjoy.
This unique young man has played with just about everybody in the New Orleans’ Jazz community, and undoubtedly will continue in his trek to become as renowned as so many of the late, greats he so highly respects in this business called JAZZ.
Standing at 6’4”, no one can miss this 30-year-old giant of a young man; not only because of his stature, but the “ol’ soul” rhythm he displays and “old school” jazz sounds emanating from whatever stage he graces. This all proves that he obviously paid attention while growing up watching and listening to his jazz elders, mentors and predecessors. I would suspect that in his subconscious quest to develop his own unique style and blend, he knew exactly what path to follow.
Joining so many in his field, this young, 30-year-old phenomena will undoubtedly be on the scene for many years to come, paying it forward with a willingness to inspire, spread his musical joy and mentor in a way others so willingly mentored him.
Up Close with TROMBONE SHORTY Troy Andrews is a jazz trumpeter, singer and composer (he also plays other instruments) is from New Orleans, Louisiana. His style of performing has been heavily influenced by several musicicans. Troy often accompanies portions of his tunes with his own vocals. He explains the highest note he can hit on trumpet is a high G above high C. Trombone Shorty performs New Orleans style jazz standards, Rock, Funk, but also composes many of his own pieces. Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote about Tombone Shorty in a July 16, 2001 article, â€œShorty is an unabashed entertainer who plays trombone, and trumpet with a bright, silvery tone, sings with great charm and always gets abstruse in his material.â€?
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504MAG Up Close with Troy Andrews: Tro Singer,We reviewed a number of subjects releva Orleans and much more Good things do come in small packages – Troy Anderws, aka Trombone Shorty is living proof of that. The name Trombone Shorty is obviously a pun given the fact that this young man stands over 6 feet tall in a lean but fit body. If ever a musician were telling the truth when he stated “I grew up around music,” Trombone Shorty’s life is the epitome of that statement. Performing with the “Carlsberg Brass Band” from Denmark at the 1991 New Orleans Heritage Festival, a young, six-year-old Troy Andrews’ extended horn stood taller than he. Troy Andrews comes from a long line of musicians, having grown up in a city where the sun rises to music. He attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), and now serves on its Board. In 2005, Andrews was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section in a world tour, along with headliners such as Aerosmith. 40 stylus magazine
As with many of the welknown New Orleans musicians who fought through widespread devastation when the levees failed, Trombone Shorty could also be labeled a “Trooper,” adding to his esteemed name. Six weeks after the levees broke, some of the city’s greatest musicians traveled to Austin, Texas and on August 29, 2005, recorded a benefit CD titled “Sing Me Back Home” at Wire Studios with producers Leo Sacks and Ray Bardani. With their lives in transition, the contributors became known as The New Orleans Social Club. Andrews was the featured guest on “Hey Troy, Your Mama’s Calling You,” a tribute to “Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Calling You” which was a Latin-jazz-soul hit for the Jimmy Castor Bunch on Smash Records in 1966. Andrews also performed on “Where Y’At” as part of The Sixth Ward All-Star Brass Band Revue featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. During the summer of 2006 in London, Andrews began working with producer Bob Ezin, and U2 at Abbey Road Studios. The association led to Andrews performing with U2 and Green Day during the re-opening
ombone, Trumpet Player, ant to Shorty’s music, New e. of the New Orleans Superdome for the NFL’s Monday Night Football pregame show. Further, at the close of 2006, Andrews appeared on the NBC TV series Studio 60 on the Sunset. He led a group of New Orleans musicians as he performed the holiday classic, “O Holy Night.” The recording was released by NBC to the public as a free download. Trombone Shorty was named Performer of the Year by Offbeat, NOLA’s music magazine, in 2007. Best Contemporary Jazz Performer was also added to his long list of accolades. Andrews also contributed to Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. He’s also appeared in four episodes of the 2010 HBO series Treme. One might ask, what hasn’t Andrews done in his young extraordinary lifetime. In 2010 Andrews released Backatown (Verve Forecast), which hit Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart at #1 and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue toured across North America, Europe, Japan and Brazil, as well as supporting shows for Jeff Beck in the U.K. and Dave Matthews Band in the U.S. They performed on television shows including Conan, The Late Show with
David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bonaroo, and Austin City Limits. He also recorded on new and upcoming CDs from Galactic, Eric Clapton, and Lenny Kravitz and on the Academy Award nominated “Down In New Orleans” with Dr. John. In September 2011, Andrews released the album “For True” as a follow up to his earlier album “Backatown,” Along with all the members of his band, Orleans Avenue. The record includes appearances by the Rebirth Brass Band, Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Stanton Moore, Kid Rock, Ben Ellman and Lenny Kravitz as a returning guest artist. 504mag readers voted Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews the number #1 Trumpet and Trombone player of the year. Congratulations, Troy. Doc Jones, Publisher/CEO 504Mag adds: Shorty, our readers would like to know, if any title or label, what do you call the style of music that you play? “I’d say, take the sounds of New Orleans brass, Princestyle funk, hip-hop beats and power chord axe-riffing; stir them all together, add in an assortment of high-profile guests, and you produce the genre-defying greatness that is For True. I also play trumpet, piano, organ, drums and percussion.” We’ve heard him sing with vocals like those of a veteran. Only 25-years-old, Shorty is surely taking the world by storm, a tropical storm, with New Orleans in his back pocket. By: Shirley Jones stylus magazine 41
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504Mag introduces Poet, Singer, Actress, and Writer to New Orleans
WHO DAT? I know, I know, New Orleans, the use of this vernacular has definitely been penned, and confined to our champion Saints,,,,but let me borrow it for a minute if I may. In a sense, this young lady brings her own brand of sport to this fine city….the sport of poetry, singing and acting. Gotta spread the word, though, and allow her to continue to share with us her unique gifts inside our entertainment arenas. Trust me, y’all, you won’t be disappointed.
however; and moving from Chicago to Atlanta, she finished school, got in the medical profession, married, had 2 children, and landed a good job. However, deep down Bridgette felt something was missing. Therefore, for years afterwards, instead of falling back into her singing….she began to write, and poetry became her passion. To date, she has written 35+ poems, some lasting as long as 10 minutes. She kept writing, but kept her poetry to herself.
Singing since the age of 8, Bridgette Levi, like most “youngins’”, limited her singing to her bedroom, family functions, and school talent shows. But eventually, while in her teens, the appearances stopped. You see, Bridgette suffered with stage fright. Grappling with this mild phobia, Bridgette wasn’t too worried. She just kept humming and singing, but mostly to herself, or when she played it or listened to her music on the radio. You know how we do. Over the years,
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Enter Bridgette Levi, a Chicago native with a passion for music and poetry, and who has become well-known for her phenomenal stage presence and an impressive background to boot. As a resident of Snellville, Georgia; to say that she is an amazing singer and poet, is putting it mildly. Multi-tasking between these two brilliant gifts, and most recently, proving herself in the acting arena,
having appeared in 3 of Atlanta’s own “Learical Jonez’” Stage plays. Bridgette combined song and acting in “Aunt Sara’s Girls,” “A Thin Line,” and most recently, “Social Networking.” Bridgette’s original poetry was finally brought to the forefront almost 9 years ago, when she honed her skills on the stage at the infamous Apache Café in Midtown Atlanta. After receiving her kudos at the Apache, she eventually graduated to the stage at Joyce Littel’s “Passion and Poetry; hence, bringing down the house 2 years in a row. She appeared numerous times at the now defunct “V-103 Poetic Moments Live at Sugar Hill’ in Atlanta’s Underground, and which has since redeemed itself as “Poetic Moments at 595 North Event Venue & Lounge,” also hosted by Joyce Littel. She received a standing ovation in her performance as one of Littel Concept’s, “Atlanta’s Baddest Chicks” in 2008. Bridgette is no stranger
to another Atlanta notable, Hank Stewart, who is known for his spectacular charitable events. Her stints with Hank included, Hank Stewart’s “White Linen Affair” and “Hot Chocolate Affair.” The list goes on for this amazing talent, and throughout her gradual, yet meticulous growth, Bridgette’s gift shined through at various venues such as the DeKalb County Blues and Jazz Festival, appeared on T.V. at BET’s Lyric Café, Atlanta’s famous Club 290, a performance in “365 Plays in 365 Days;” spearheaded by Susan Lori and well-known Atlanta poet and front man, Christopher “E-Period” Cornell. The Agape Café at The Greater Works Assembly, Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar at Clark-Atlanta University; the Musical Stage Play, “Lavish Lounge;” and an unforgettable performance, and still “buzz” among family, friends and peers, was.….“A Tribute to Alicia Keys,” at the exclusive “Londzells Martini Lounge & Restau-
rant in Roswell, Georgia. On a smaller yet equally important scale, Bridgette is more than willing to perform at weddings and funerals, charity events; not to mention family functions, reunions and elite private parties. And yet, her performance never wanes. Now, Bridgette is no doubt a true professional. Just try to challenge her to perform an R&B “ol’ school” classic, pop, rock, new school and Gospel. With that phenomenal range……well, chill bumps have definitely been experienced by all who have been fortunate enough to lap in that musical luxury, including myself. Wow! Bridgette is currently working on her first CD which combines “spoken-word” and song. Keep an eye out, willya? She is definitely a “real winner,” with a personality that complements every blessing God has
granted her, and which she graciously accepts and shares with her audiences. She maintains that winning smile and infectious laugh….no matter the size of the venue, and there is no doubt among her peers and many fans, her unique popularity in Atlanta, New Orleans and beyond, will continue to grow. I’m a witness, so trust this writer and get ready!!! Additionally, I’d like to share a little something I learned about Bridgette. She is known for her hugs, and shares them warmly. So, New Orleans, I know when you see this remarkable young lady, you’ll remember NOLA’S hospitality and embrace her with New Orleans-style open arms. By: Cynthia Gill- Mitchell
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Fatimah halim editor’s choice
Fatimah Halim began her professional CAREER in New York City as back-up singer for Laura Nyro and recorded with Jimi Hendrix as a member of Ghetto fighters. Today, Fatimah takes great joy in the meaningful work she performs through the project that has driven her passion for the past fifteen years: the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth.
Who is Fatiham Halim?
Her dedication to promoting the development of youth is evident in her latest book, “You Grow Girl” Much of her accomplishments and work has been through her Sistah Circles and through her latest project Blueprint for Womanhood: Reinventing Ourselves at any age. She has co-hosted the local KTAR radio teen talk show “At The Crossroads,” along with the cable talk shows “Focus: Video Profiles” and “Think About It: Perspectives from Women of Color”. Fatimah is known as a writer, a singer, an organizer, a teacher, a storyteller, a dancer, and an activist. Fatimah Halim does it all, and she does it for the girls of the Valley. The founder of GHETTO GIRLS and the president and CEO of Blueprint for Womanhood, this goddess preaches the dignity of the Sisterhood (with a capital “S”) and the sanctity of womanhood to African-American and Latina girls from around the Valley who might not have realized they were worth more than
their midriffs without her. GHETTO GIRLS does not mean what you think it does, Halim has made sure of that. She has re-envisioned the meaning of Ghetto Girls, in an attempt to reverse the negative connotation commonly associated with teh term. Here it stands for. Goddesses Have Every Thing to Offer — Grace, Integrity, Renewal, Love, Sisterhood. Talk about a transformation!
Through GHETTO GIRLS, Halim runs the Rites of Passage Program to help adolescent young women transition into womanhood, along with the Sistah Circle workshops that build a bond of sisterhood among womankind. She is also one of four Valley artists involved in Journey Home, an arts project that works to empower incarcerated women in the Estrella jail.
Halim has been a model of transformation from the start. A girl from the real ghetto of Harlem, Halim was a member, alongside Jimi Hendrix, of the Ghettofighters before moving to Phoenix and beginning a career as a Special Events Coordinator with the City of Phoenix. She blends genres and destroys definitions. Her work is a mix of the arts, the literary world, the government, the spiritual realm, and the nonprofit spectrum. She has toured as a storyteller with Rosa Parks, and written one book and four plays, filled stadiums with thousands of people and recruited notables such as Stevie Wonder, Martin Sheen, and Coretta Scott King — all to raise awareness and promote understanding among people of all colors and genders.
She even starred in her own one-woman show, She’s So G.H.E.T.T.O. — Chronicles of a Ghetto Girl Gone Goddess. Amen, sister! We’re right behind you.
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LIFE PARADIGMS, INC. Phoenix is among 9 Arizona residents who are being honored by the Hon Kachina Council for their volunteer work during a banquet at the Camelback Inn-A JW Resort & Spa. Fatimah Halim saw the need to formalize all of her volunteer programs under one nonprofit banner. In 1996, Life Paradigms was founded with the all-encompassing mission of implementing positive and critical change in disenfranchised communities through the mental, spiritual and physical development of women and their children. A grandmother of 13, Fatimah holds a full-time position with the City of Phoenix while almost single handedly running her many other programs.
To volunteer for Life Paradigms contact:
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Published on Feb 7, 2012