His story happens just like most brilliant musicians down in NOLA. He is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews and the grandson of singer and songwriter Jessie Hill.
He grew up playing in brass bands as a child and was a band leader by the ripe age of 6! It is no wonder he looks so comfortable on stage directing his mid-twenty something band.
His band consists of Mike Ballard on bass, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, Tim McFatter on tenor sax, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, and Dwayne "Big D" Williams on percussion.
Put them together and you create what Spoleto guests have not seen before EVER at the Cistern a full on concert complete with people dancing in the aisles. The last time I recall this particular vibe (no pun intended) was when Lionel Hampton headlined the festival finale and the entire crowd erupted into a musical energy that was not only breath taking but just damn amazing.
Now I will say: it took a bit to convince the more refined crowd that it was okay to get up and out of their sets and dance. However, once everyone was up. . the energy was explosive. It is worthy of note that the harmonics between the 3 horns and shorty's voice are nothing short of brilliant. From the musicality stand point they fit right in there.
Guests were donning Mardi Gras style beads, waiving white handkerchiefs and just plain out grooving.