Bonerama, the revenge of the trombone at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015
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Quint Davis, New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 producer, introduced Bonerama Thursday (April 30) at the Acura Stage by asking the audience where but New Orleans would a rock band be made up of trombone players? He went on to declare that if Jimi Hendrix were from present day New Orleans he too would play a trombone. After which Bonerama went on to prove that Davis might be right.
Quint Davis, New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 producer, introduced Bonerama Thursday (April 30) at the Acura Stage by asking where but New Orleans would a hot rock band be made up of trombone players? He went on to declare that if Jimi Hendrix were from present-day New Orleans, he too would play a trombone. After which the explosive ensemble fronted by trombone trio Mark Mullins, Craig Klein and Greg Hicks proved that Davis just might be right.
In a telephone interview before the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, Mullins said that when he was just starting out as a musician, the trombone was the first instrument to be dropped when bands needed to cut back; worse yet, the valve-less horn was sometimes a lightning rod of ridicule.
It was 16 years ago that Craig Klein, a fellow trombonist in Harry Connick Jr.'s big band, suggested to Mullins that there might be room in the world for an act with the trombones centered in the spotlight. Thus, Bonerama slid into being. Mullins said he expected the project to last months.
Since then, Bonerama, Big Sam, Glen David Andrews and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews have polished the reputation of the instrument to a star-like luster.
Video note: the great thing about using a foam-coated shotgun microphone is that you can cut down on the wind noise and focus on the music. The downside is that you can forget to switch it on when you start shooting, as I did when Mr. Davis uttered his immortally poetic tribute to the trombone. Drat.