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Trombone Shorty Brings Cajun Funk To Center Stage Monday For Jazz Festival Finale

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue brought their special brand of Cajun funk to Center Stage Theatre Monday night as the 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival wrapped up its 34th year. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was born in New Orleans on January 2, 1986. The trombone and trumpet player and vocalist is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews and the grandson of singer and songwriter Jessie Hill. In 2005, he was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section for a world tour that shared billing with acts such as Aerosmith. Shorty’s 2010 major label debut, Backatown, hit Billboard Magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart at #1 and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks. He recently recorded several tracks with Eric Clapton.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. See the 14-photo online gallery. How did you like the concert? What were your favorite artists at this year’s Atlanta Jazz festival? TromboneShorty.0530ATromboneShorty.0530B


(Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta Concert  Photography Galleries.)

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May 31st, 2011
2:43 pm

My friends and I had a wonderful time at the Jazz Festival this weekend. The music was amazing and wonderful to my ears. I really enjoyed the food and the rest of the vendors. Overall the experience was quite good! Those individuals that pulled the event together did an awesome job. I look forward to the 2012.


Hawk Str8Talk

May 31st, 2011
3:20 pm

Great times as always. The 5 Families plus Jazz Fest equals magic.

Andre Dickens

May 31st, 2011
3:36 pm

Atlanta Jazz Festival was great once again. I enjoyed the music, food, and the order of things. Traffic was so under control this year that I felt like I had an extra hour of fun each day vs the normal slow crawl to find parking that lasts 30-45 mins. I did feel like the music could have been a little louder or more speakers in other areas of the park but that’s probably difficult to do. I was far away from the stage so I don’t know if those closer though it was too loud while I thought it was too low. Anyway, it was really great time with great weather, beautiful people of all colors and expressions. My daughter even had a great time on Saturday as she played at the playground and the NBA stuff. Loved it.


May 31st, 2011
5:17 pm

I am new to the area and I heard from a friend to go check out the Atlanta Jazz Festival. I am so glad that I did and the Trombone Shorty concert on Monday was amazing. It was like I was transported directly to New Orleans. I love the pictures above; especially pic #3. Thank you City of Atlanta!

New Orleans Native

May 31st, 2011
8:49 pm

This musician is not a Cajun jazz artist — not everything out of N.O. is cajun…Cajuns are the descendants of the french Canadians who settled in SW Louisiana, near Lafayette. Mr. Trombone Shorty is from the heart of New Orleans, where Louis Armstrong grew up…descendants of African slaves, who grew up playing ragtime, blues, and later Dixieland Jazz. He is a straight – soul – funk – jazz artist!

J-Rod's Dad

June 2nd, 2011
12:33 am

This was my first year at the AJF but it won’t be my last!
My Son “J-Rod” had the wonderful experience of playing drums for the Myrna Clayton Experience and he loved it. He graduated high school one week earlier and at 18 years old got to experience performing on the International Jazz Stage.
By the way…. Myrna Clayton is an awesome performer!!

tracy collins

June 4th, 2011
4:11 pm