by Jim Santella
With Allen Toussaint and Dr. John backing him on organ and piano, James Andrews presents the kind of fun-loving music that takes place in Preservation Hall. Not one to employ etude drills or carefully-articulated tonguing exercises, the trumpeter remains loose and lyrical. Similarly, his singing has roots in blues and trad jazz; it's music intended to entertain an audience with good old-fashioned down-home charm. The supporting ensemble is stellar; besides the keyboard leadership, the band includes drummer Bernard Bunchy" Johnson, ...read more
by Ed Kopp
New Birth Brass Band leader James Andrews makes his solo debut on Satchmo of the Ghetto, an upbeat release that mixes second-line jazz with New Orleans Ninth Ward R&B. Singer-trumpeter Andrews lifts expectations with the evocative nickname he's chosen for himself, but he truly merits comparisons to the original Satchmo. Andrews has a similar gravelly voice and his various trumpet solos are soulfully raunchy in the finest New Orleans trumpet tradition, which, as every jazzer knows, was singlehandedly established ...read more
by Douglas Payne
It's a bold move aligning yourself with the great Louis Armstrong. But it seems if anyone could pull it off its 28-year old trumpeter James Andrews. The New Orleans native actually earned the moniker Satchmo of the Ghetto" back in his Treme neighborhood. He's come up through a variety of brass bands and has played with Michelle Shocked, Quincy Jones and Dizzy Gillespie.
Now a protégé of soul man Allen Toussaint (and star of Toussaint's new NYNO label), Andrews is ...read more