“As a singer and trombonist he summons… a sound that mingles joy with pain and beats that swing implicitly at any tempo. Yet there’s something more: a raw power born of sheer focus and a complex sweetness that comes across in both tender and frenzied moments. Those aspects have made Mr. Andrews a magnetic presence…”
About Glen David Andrews
One of the most energetic performers in Louisiana, trombonist/vocalist Andrews has stolen the show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for several years. His infectious gospel-fused blend of funk, soul, brass band music, and pop will have you dancing in no time.
Andrews comes from a storied extended family of musicians. He was born in the historic Tremé neighborhood – which many consider to be the oldest black community in the United States – where the struggle to survive is older than the mighty oak trees in the Crescent City. According to family folklore, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a patriarch of modern New Orleans music, directed the bell of his horn toward Andrews’s mother’s belly as a way to induce labor. Andrews was born the following day. 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,” soaked up life’s musical lessons by learning the history of the brass band tradition firsthand from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. They also learned the power of the city’s Mardi Gras Indian culture.
“The musicians I heard coming up literally brought me out of the womb,” Andrews says. “Jesus was born in a manger. I was born in a second line.”
Starting on the bass drum as a child, Andrews soon picked up the trombone; he was blowing a joyful noise by the time he was 12. He practiced his musicianship and showmanship with the city’s most energetic brass bands, from New Birth and L’il Rascals to ReBirth and Treme. ”He’s always had a massive presence and a massive sweetness,” says Paul Sanchez, the New Orleans singer-songwriter who has collaborated with Andrews.
That presence and sweetness have long endeared Andrews to audiences at his regular gigs at such New Orleans clubs as dba and Three Muses. In recent years he began making waves as a headliner at the world’s biggest block party – the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where he has ripped it up in the gospel tent, the blues tent and the jazz tent. “ “Glen is one of the giant talents of New Orleans music,” says the festival’s producer Quint Davis.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“As a singer and trombonist he summons a sound that mingles joy with pain and beats that swing implicitly at any tempo. Yet there’s something more: a raw power born of sheer focus and a complex sweetness that comes across in both tender and frenzied moments. Those aspects have made Mr. Andrews a magnetic presence…” Wall Street Journal
“Glen David Andrews paints his testimony in a range of emotional color” - The New York Times
“One of the giant talents of New Orleans.” Quint Davis, Producer, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
“the new face of post-Katrina New Orleans…He sanctifies, electrifies, hellafies. If you weren’t dancing at this show you were dead.” Houston Press