TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the frontman for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, Say That to Say This, was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans. Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO's "Treme," and has recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and "Conan." In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Booker T. Jones. At this year's Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.
Genre: Funk, Jazz Fusion, Rock
Formed almost 20 years ago in New Orleans, Galactic cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America—Mardi Gras. Galactic is a collaborative band with a unique format—they are a stable quintet that plays together with high musicianship. Because they have their own studio they have the luxury of experimenting and creating albums that showcase different guest vocalists and instrumental soloists (mostly from New Orleans), each taking their turn on stage in the Galactic sound universe. The band enjoys to create new material in collaboration with its many guests such as the latest single “Higher And Higher” featuring JJ Grey and “Dolla Diva” featuring David Shaw and Maggie Koerner. If you listen to their full albums such as Carnivale Electricos, as well as their two previous albums, Ya-Ka-May and From The Corner To The Block, you will hear a funky cross-section of what’s happening in contemporary New Orleans anywhere.