Best Of 2007

BEST OVERALL MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Trombone Shorty at Tropical Heatwave

Boasting the chops of a jazz virtuoso and the showmanship of a young soul star, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews turned in an unbeatable performance at this year’s Tropical Heatwave. The 21-year-old trombonist/trumpeter and his band Orleans Avenue offered a boisterous blend of funk, hip-hop, jazz and rock that ranged from a New Orleans second-line rendition of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” to a poignant “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Shorty had the crowd jumping, dancing and hoisting him on its shoulders after he leaped from the stage. He’ll return to Tampa to play WMNF’s New Year’s Eve Party.

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