Trombone Shorty was at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto for two consecutive nights, bringing his jazz/soul/funk/R&B/everything that is music blend with him. Also on the bill was Vintage Trouble, an incredible blues, soul, and rock and roll band out of Hollywood, California.
Going into the Danforth Music Hall, I was not entirely aware of what Vintage Trouble was all about. I started getting some messages before anything even began of people realizing where I was and who I was about to see. Most expressing some jealousy, and succinctly stating how damn good VT is. Well, they surpassed all the hype and expectations that were expressed to be in that time. Unbelievable band. So good, so energetic. As a photographer, they are a band I would never want to miss. As a music fan, I will always want to get to their shows if it is remotely possible. Right from the start, Ty Taylor jumps in, spinning, running, jumping all over the stage, engaging the crowd. He doesn’t stop. Vintage Trouble gets everyone moving, you can’t help it. Later in the set during Run Like The River, Ty is all of a sudden up on the balcony at the back of the hall, jumping and dancing with the crowd, then runs down and dives off of the soundboard, crowd surfing back up to the stage, all without missing a beat. A band everyone should check out.
The first time I heard of Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) was in an episode of the Foo Fighters series Sonic Highways. Since then he has always been on my list of artists to see live if I ever had the opportunity. This was that opportunity. It is amazing how good he is with the trombone, as well as a trumpet. Not surprising I guess, since at the age of 4, he appeared onstage with Bo Diddley at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He also participated in brass band parades as a child, becoming a bandleader by the age of six. Even still, seeing him and his band live is such a fulfilling experience. There is something about great horn players, and just how big of a sound they have. It is not just the horns though, each member carried their musical weight, and they all clearly love it. Smiling, dancing, really getting into the evening and feeding off of the crowd which they had amped up from start to finish. Trombone Shorty is one of those musicians that should be on bucket lists for concert goers. Regardless of your typical genre. Great music is great music. And Trombone Shorty can play it all.