Wednesday, August 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021
In celebration of New Orleans’ tricentennial this year, bandleader, singer-songwriter and horn-blower extraordinaire Trombone Shorty (born Troy Andrews), will lead a night of jazz performances from the city’s finest that will honor the musical traditions of their beloved hometown. With his band Orleans Avenue, Trombone Shorty has become well known for his unique brass band blare that incorporates deep-groove funk, the blues and hip-hop. He has performed at the White House, the Grammy Awards, and the NBA All-Star Game, and collaborated with artists ranging from Eric Clapton to Lenny Kravitz and fellow New Orleans natives Galactic. The preeminent jam-band, Galactic brought their R&B infused brand of jazz-funk onto the scene in the early ’90s. With 11 studio albums released since then, the group’s sound has continually evolved to include elements of electronica and rap, and led to collaborations with Mystikal and Macy Gray, to name a few. Perhaps the best embodiment of NOLA’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been around for over 50 years. Whether performing in the city’s French Quarter, or on stages around the world, the rotating cast of band members serves as a veritable living history of New Orleans music and culture. Building on the second-line brass band tradition, the younger, nine-piece New Breed Brass Band carries on the legacy of New Orleans’ renowned brass bands with a contemporary twist, incorporating funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop elements. Also joining the celebration are New Orleans legends Cyril Neville, of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, blues singer and guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and jazz trumpeter and composer Kermit Ruffins.