Trombone Shorty comes from an impressive pedigree. Born Troy Andrews, he’s the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews, and his cousin is Glen David Andrews, another great New Orleans jazz man. Andrews grew up in the Treme neighborhood of New Orlean’s Sixth Ward, absorbing the sounds of his home. A musical prodigy, the 28-year-old has been playing instruments since before he could barely hold them. He earned his nickname when he was just a boy of six playing a trombone twice as long as he was tall as he marched down the street in a brass band. In 2005, and still a teenager, Andrew was asked by Lenny Kravitz to join his touring band, and over the years, he’s also played with Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Galactic, the Dave Matthews Band and the Neville Brothers, just to name a very few. Andrews has graced the stage of festivals and shows all over the world, even earning a guest appearance on HBO’s show Treme.
Andrews returns to Austin this Sunday with a show at Emo’s, touring behind his 2013 album Say That To Say This. Back in 2012, Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue stopped by Studio 1A, and today’s song of the day comes from that archival live session. “Do To Me” is a perfect example of what Andrews calls “supafunkrock”–taking the traditional and pushing the art form forward into interesting new directions.