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Glen David Andrews performs at The Stephen Talkhouse
June 5, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$30
Glenn David has a 6-foot-4inch bodyand a mercurial personality. The brass-band misic and traditional jazz he was raised on are still his greatest loves.
According to his mother, Vana Acker, when she was pregnant, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a traditional-music iconand mentor to many musicians, came by and blew his horn with the bell of the instrument pointed at her very pregnant belly. He said the sound of the tuba would induce labor. Glenn David was born the next day.
As a young boy, whenever a second-line parade passed by, Andrews tagged along with his older brother, Derrick Tabb, who is now the snare drummer with the Rebirth Brass Band. Back then, Andrews played bass drum. At 12, he picked up the trombone.
Rather than studying formally, he absorbed musical skills from Tuba Fats as well as neighbors such as “Frogman” Joseph, Harry Nance, Harold DeJean and other local heroes – “the cream of the crop,” Andrews says.
Soon he was playing for money alongside Tuba Fats in Jackson Square, in the middle of the French Quarter. He was recruited into a brass band led by his younger cousin, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and played in both the New Birth, Lil Rascals, and Tremé brass bands, among others, lending equal measures of musicianship and showmanship to each.
Now he fronts his own high-powered ensemble that touches on every style of music in the course of a show.
“Aside from being a great musician, Glen David has absorbed a fading tradition,” says Ben Jaffe, who runs Preservation Hall, where Andrews performs regularly. “He’s a link for his generation to something important, but he also has a rare enthusiasm and energy that makes it all special and exciting for even casual listeners.”