Saturday, March 9, 2013


A terrific set by Trombone Shorty and the guys in the tiny space in NPR's studios.
He can play the horn. He can sing. And that's made him the latest musical star of a great New Orleans tradition. But Trombone Shorty mainly just wants you to dance: "I know you came here to move," he sings to an office full of NPR staff.

Set List:
"Dumaine St."
"Do To Me"


it's margaret said...

ooooo --now THAT'S the way to prepare for church!

Grandmere --is there a technical name for playing those notes that come off "dirty" --by that I mean the multiple toned perfectly imperfect tones?

Joel says that seeing them and hearing them gives him hope for humanity!

Grandmère Mimi said...

margaret, would Joel mean blue notes? I don't think that's exactly what he's talking about. I'm guessing Joel means a change in the tone of the note while it's being played, but I don't know the technical term. "Dirty notes" is a pretty damned good name in itself.

it's margaret said...

It's not the "slide" or off-tone... it's the rubbery multiple toned notes... the gravel notes. yeah --the dirty notes!

it's margaret said...

(and my question was poorly framed --mea culpa) --Joel meant the 'young' men playing the music gave him hope for humanity. Mee tooooo!

Grandmère Mimi said...

margaret, I asked our interim priest, who plays jazz guitar and harmonica, about your question, and he says he believes there is a name, but he couldn't think of it at the moment. If he gets back to me with a name, I will pass it on.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Tell Joel I agree. The young men play jazz learned from the old-timers and add their own spin, which keeps the music alive...ya know, like the Scriptures. :-)

susan s. said...

You talkin' bout what I call the Brapp notes? He plays a lot of them. It has something to do with the embouchure and how tight or relaxed it is, I think. It's all good, though!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Okay, susan s., we have a name.

From the Urban Dictionary:


To twist the throttle on a 2-stroke machine (dirtbike, snowmobile, etc) suddenly, so that the engine exhaust note resembles the phonetic sounds "braaaaaaapp." The vibrato in the "a" sounds mimicks the mild oscillation in engine rpm from movement resistance.

Makes sense to me applied to a trombone.