Live music galleries

Live music galleries: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Field Trip [2018]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts page.)

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue live in 2018 at Field Trip

Artist: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
When: June 3rd, 2018
Where: Field Trip Arts & Music Festival, Fort York Commons, Toronto
Context: So here’s a post that came about due to those funny ‘memory photos’ (a couple of which I included below) that pop up on the Facebook now and again and got me remembering Field Trip and pondering on the power of live music. I had never even heard of Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) before two years ago around this time and truth be told, his jazz and funk rock sound is not something to which I would normally listen. However, my friends, Tim and Mark, and I were at the last edition of Field Trip, just having a blast, and the day just seemed to get even brighter the moment these musicians hit the stage. There hasn’t been a Field Trip since 2018 – they took a hiatus in 2019 and we all know what happened this year – but that year, it was a well-oiled machine, with a lot of great acts. Good music festivals schedule a wide range of acts and are a wondrous way to expose yourself to new tunes. To sum up: 1. Here’s hoping there’s another Field Trip Festival some time in the future; and 2. If you ever get a chance to see Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, even if it’s not your thing, take it from me, they are worth you our time.
Point of reference song: Dirty water

Field Trip wristband
BK Jackson and Dan Oestreicher
Joey Peebles, Trombone Shorty, and Mike Bass-Bailey
Pete Murano on guitar
The saxophones
Trombone Shorty
Yours truly, rocking out
The band, jamming out big time

Vinyl love: Vince Guaraldi Trio “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Vince Guaraldi Trio
Album Title: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Year released: 1965
Year reissued: 2012
Details: Green translucent, Remastered

The skinny: Well, I guess this had to be done. I was out at Record Centre, one of my local shops in Ottawa, perusing the Black Friday sales last month and saw this gem for a measly $16. I actually put it down, thought better of it, and went back for it. This classic is now the lone Christmas album on my vinyl shelves and really, the only jazz one there so far as well. This green ‘special’ pressing is one of many remastered pressings this soundtrack has seen over the years and I’m imagining most self-respected collectors have a copy or two of it. Listening to it puts me in the spirit, much like watching Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” does, and reminds me of so many years of watching Charlie and his pals learn the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy the holidays folks! Cheers!

Standout track: “Linus and Lucy”