Trumpet battles like this one between Wynton Marsalis and Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) at The House of Blues in New Orleans have been going on for over 100 years (check out Thomas Brothers‘s great book Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans for great info and a good read).
Roy “Little Jazz” Eldridge, a huge influence on Dizzy Gillespie, used to burst in the door of a rival’s gig and charge the stage playing a double-high C, or so the story goes. Check out this great interplay between Trombone Shorty and Wynton. Great stuff. If only all battles had this kind of camaraderie and heartfelt mutual appreciation at the end.
New Orleans crowds know what’s going on, too, and you can hear it in their reactions to the playing.
Pay no attention to the numbering of the vids. I’ve put them in the correct order. Enjoy!
Music from Trombone Shorty (he plays a mean trombone, too)
Music from Wynton Marsalis (the jazz stuff)
- Trombone Shorty: NYE in SF (jambase.com)
- Trombone Shorty: For True (Review) (popmatters.com)
- Trombone Shorty: Two New Tracks From Forthcoming New Album (jambase.com)
- Trombone Shorty: “Do To Me” Video (jambase.com)
- Trombone Shorty, Jazz Café, London (independent.co.uk)