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Contact Jesse James Synder, (518) 331-1742
TROY, N.Y. (6/2/14) — New Orleans musical giant Glen David Andrews will bring an authentic slice of the Crescent City to the Collar City next week.
Andrews, who has appeared on the HBO series “Treme,” will play songs from his new album “Redemption” at Bootlegger’s on Broadway, located at 200 Broadway in downtown Troy, this Monday, June 9. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door only.
“Glen David Andrews exemplifies what New Orleans is in such an energetic way you can’t help get caught up in it,” said Jesse James Snyder, who booked the act through personal connections for the Troy venue. “He’s got such a great appreciation for such a wide variety of music that he mixes it up with funk, jazz, blues, gospel, soul and Dixie in a way that’s uniquely New Orleans. Plus, he’s got a voice like Louis Armstrong.”
With Redemption (Louisiana Red Hot, April 2014), singer/songwriter/trombonist Andrews stands up for cultural preservation and his own salvation at a time when indigenous traditions in New Orleans are being threatened. The centerpiece of the new album is “Surrender,” a deeply personal song about acceptance which he wrote in rehab.
“Redemption is about my journey back from the living dead,” Andrews said. “I woke up from a nightmare, in a cold sweat. I realized that I had been given an opportunity to change my whole outlook on living.”
The 10-track album features Andrews’s core band and a few chosen friends who’ve played a part in his spiritual recovery. Ivan Neville lays down gritty grooves on a humming Hammond organ and a badass clavinet, the history of modern funk percolating in his fingertips. Jamison Ross, winner of the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition, brings his own brand of bonhomie, singing, arranging and playing various instruments. Guitar god Anders Osborne contributes two searing solos. The album also features a surprise — a sample of the radiant voice of the Queen Mother of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson — on a rousing version of her joyous hymn, “Didn’t It Rain.”
Snyder, 39 of Albany, booked the act for Troy after getting to know several musicians on the New Orleans scene while living there. He still keeps a room in that city and returns about 5 times a year.
“Glen David Andrews really knows how to get the crowd into the show, but he also challenges them in a fun way,” Synder said. “The callbacks aren’t always simple or straightforward.”
For those who want to come ready to party, Snyder encourages show goers to check out Andrews online beforehand.
ABOUT GLEN DAVID ANDREWS
Andrews was born in the historic Tremé neighborhood, which many consider to be the oldest black community in the United States.
The New Orleans neighborhood is an important center of the modern brass band tradition and is the setting for HBO’s series “Treme.” A September 2012 episode of “Treme” titled “Knock With Me, Rock With Me,” featured Glen David Andrews and the Lil’ Rascals Brass Band performing their song of the same name.
“Jesus was born in a manger,” Andrews said. “I was born in a second line.”
Transfixed by the magic and mystery of the city’s second-line parades, Andrews and his older brother, Derrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass Band, along with their younger cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, soaked up life’s musical lessons by learning the history of the brass band tradition from iconic figures like Tuba Fats.
Andrew’s showmanship has long endeared him to audiences on New Orleans’ fabled Frenchman Street.
“Glen is one of the giant talents of New Orleans music,” said Quint Davis, fest producer for the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Larry Blumenfeld stated: “Onstage and off, electrifying club audiences and street scenes, speaking his mind at civic rallies, Glen David Andrews perhaps best embodies what David Simon, creator of the HBO series Treme meant when he said, ‘Culture is what brought New Orleans back.'”
“Life is hard,” Andrews said. “After Katrina, my Tremé will never be the same. But New Orleans culture is a permanent part of me. The gift of my sobriety is in my music now. I want to share my Tremé — my New Orleans — with the world.”
FOR HIGH RESOLUTION PUBLICITY PHOTOS & ALBUM COVER
For information, high resolution publicity photos and an album cover, visit: http://glendavidandrewsband.com/gda-promo
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