Tremé’s native son Trombone Shorty joins fellow New Orleans musicians Dr. John and Wynton Marsalis this month among the ranks of DownBeat Magazine‘s 2013 Readers’ Poll winners as Trombone Player of the Year. The jazz publication released its roster of readers choice awards online earlier this month, and will print them in their forthcoming December issue.
For 78 years, DownBeat has been asking its readers who their favorite jazz musicians of the moment are, which albums are noteworthy and which record labels are doing the best job. This year, the magazine’s jazz enthusiasts voted Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as best trombonist, while Wynton Marsalis took the prize for trumpet player of the year. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, presently under the direction of Marsalis, also won Best Big Band for 2013. Perhaps no surprise after its Grammy Award for Best Blues Album back in February of this year (and the band’s extensive touring since), Dr. John’s Locked Down snagged DownBeat‘s readers’ choice for Blues Album of the Year.
Others to top the list for 2013 include Wayne Shorter (five awards), Pat Metheny (Lifetime Achievement), Hubert Laws, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Regina Carter, Poncho Sanchez, B.B. King, The Robert Glasper Experiment and more. View the complete list of DownBeat 2013 Readers Poll winners here. Shorty continues to tour this month in support of his new, critically-acclaimed record, Say That To Say This (Verve / Forecast), while Dr. John too is spending much time on the road, fans still demanding to hear more from 2012’s Locked Down. Marsalis resides in New York City where he has served as artistic director since 1996 for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and recently released his latest album, The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis, back on Columbia Records late last month.
Trombone Shorty — “Fire and Brimstone” single from Say That to Say This (official music video)
Directed by and featuring New Orleans’ own Brandan “B-Mike” Odums