Trombone Shorty Rocked Out The Space at Westbury
Friday, March 21st, Trombone Shorty came from New Orleans to rock out Long Island. Playing at The Space At Westbury, Trombone Shorty definitely left the crowd wanting more. I had last seen Trombone Shorty back at Bonnaroo in 2010 where he jumped into the audience, crowd surfing as he played. After that experience, I knew Trombone Shorty was a showman and that I was in for a good time. Boy, was I proved right! Providing us with multiple incredible solos and many cool photo opportunities, the crowd could not put down their cameras!
The 6-piece band played a single two-hour set lasting from approximately 9:00pm until 11:00pm. The venue was packed, with both the seats and dance floor filled with happy fans. The set covered many genres ranging from fast paced blues, hard rock metal, to even hip-hop. Besides playing their own tunes, Trombone Shorty played many fun covers including a tribute to Green Day and few classic blues songs. Trombone Shorty definitely gave Long Island a superstar experience, leaving us all awaiting the next time he ventures up here from the south. Thank you, Trombone Shorty!
The band stars Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on the trombone, trumpet, and vocals. Troy Andrews started playing the trombone at the younge age six. Since then, he has had the opportunity to sit in with many great artists. He played with The Allman Brothers Band on March 20th and will be playing with Grace Potter on the 28th.
Trombone Shorty has been touring with his band since 2009. The band has produced four live albums and nine studio albums. Their most recent studio album is titled, Say That To Say This and was released only last year in 2013. Trombone Shorty’s band consists of Michael “Bass” Ballard on bass guitar, Pete Murano on guitar, Dan Oestreicher on baritone saxophone, Joey Pebbles on drums, and Tim McFatter on tenor saxophone. Although it is undoubtedly Trombone Shorty’s band, each member had the opportunity to play their own solo and was personally introduced by Trombone Shorty himself. You could see the obvious enjoyment on Trombone Shorty’s face as he sat back and listened to each band member play clearly, demonstrating a high level of respect. Next, the band heads off to California, then Las Vegas, Florida, and back to their hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.