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Grammy-nominated Trombone Shorty headlines Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s benefit concert

Grammy-nominated brass sensation Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, will electrify audiences with his special fusion of funk, soul, and R&B at Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s upcoming Gala Event. This one-night-only benefit […]

Grammy-nominated brass sensation Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, will electrify audiences with his special fusion of funk, soul, and R&B at Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s upcoming Gala Event.

This one-night-only benefit concert is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at Hotel Effie in Sandestin. It begins with a reception at 6pm followed by a gourmet dinner in the Juniper Ballroom. Then, it is on to a must-not-miss live performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. 

  • “Energy. Excitement. Booty-shaking musical revelry. All that is the mind-blowing musical experience of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue — the best of the best musicians,’ says Sinfonia Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller. “Hotel Effie at Sandestin will serve as an incredible backdrop for this musical extravaganza. As always, expect a few surprises throughout the evening.”
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (Contributed photo)

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrewsborn in New Orleans, grew up in the Tremé neighborhood steeped in jazz traditions. He hails from a musical family, including a grandfather and great-uncle with ties to Fats Domino. He began playing trombone at four, impressing Bo Diddley and performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. 

  • By six, he led brass bands, later joining Stooges Brass Band. He is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also plays drums, organ, and tuba. He attended NOCCA with Jon Batiste, mentored by Cyril Neville. Andrews played with Lenny Kravitz, U2 and Green Day. 

On his unique sound, Andrews says, “New Orleans is like a big musical gumbo. The sound I have is from being in the city my whole life.”

“The Gala Event supports Sinfonia’s most important work in the community: bringing quality music to school children at no cost to them or their schools,” Fuller explains. “Trombone Shorty grew up playing music in the streets of New Orleans. He clearly understands the need to foster young musicians and that really resonates with me.”

General admission ticket prices for Gala Event featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are from $250 per person (rows four and five) and includes valet service, cocktail reception, silent and live auction, dinner by Chef Michael Krueger, live performance, tax, and gratuities.

  • VIP Premiere (front row) tables (seating 10) and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. 

Purchase tickets online at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or by calling the box office at (850) 460-8800.

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