Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Yes, Mardi Gras doesn’t officially roll around on the calendar until Tuesday, March 4, but unbeknownst to most Northerners, down in New Orleans, Mardi Gras is not a single-day celebration. It’s actually a whole season that started earlier this month, so when Big Easy favorite Trombone Shorty slid into The Egg in Albany recently, he was officially launching Mardi Gras season right here in the Capital Region.
And oh, what a party it was… Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Shorty (born Troy Andrews) earned his nickname as a youngster when his trombone was bigger than he was. He’s grown considerably, but he’s still only 28 years old… with more than two decades of playing professionly under his belt – not only playing trombone, but also singing, playing trumpet, dancing (part James Brown, part Michael Jackson) and serving as the kind of genuine all-around entertainer that seemed to disappear years ago.