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RICK TROLSEN: Bio

RICK TROLSEN

2008 was an exciting year for New Orleans’ trombonist Rick Trolsen. After a two-year stint with the powerhouse group, Bonerama, Rick has passionately pursued his Brazilian jazz group, Gringo do Choro, as well as reviving his original group, Neslort, a jazz-rock ensemble featuring his original music. In August, he embarked on his fifth trip to Rio de Janeiro for two weeks of performances, workshops, study, and needless to say, a good time. A week after returning to the states, he flew to Trinidad to perform with Joe Sample and the Crusaders. Now, back in New Orleans, with a recording agreement with Threadhead Records, he will be recording more of his original music with Neslort.
Rick arrived in New Orleans in 1982, after attending Berklee College of Music. He quickly fell into good company, and was adopted as the first call sideman in town. From 1991 to 1998 he led the jazz/rock group ”Neslort” as a vehicle for his original compositions. A perennial favorite for 3 consecutive years at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, “Neslort” has featured some of the finest musicians in town, and has released 2 CD’s.
In 2003, Rick traveled to Rio de Janeiro to record “Gringo Do Choro”, which features primarily Choro music from the early part of the 20th century, with a few Bossas and Samba's thrown in. It wasn’t until after hurricane Katrina that he recorded the traditional music of New Orleans. In 2006 & 2007, he released “New Orleans Lullaby” and “Sunrise on Bourbon Street.”
As a freelance trombonist Rick has enjoyed featured performances with all walks of the local music life, and has proved Rick to be versatile and at ease with contemporary and traditional jazz, blues, reggae, big bands, show music, avante garde, and club dates. Performances and/or recordings include Dr.John, Clarence”Gatemouth” Brown, Joe Sample and the Crusaders, Gino Vannelli, Earl King, Marva Wright, Allen Toussaint, Al Hirt, The Dukes of Dixieland, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Henry Mancini, Rosemary Clooney, Bonerama, Stan Musial, The Woody Herman Band, The Temptations, Al Grey, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, The Four Tops, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Cash, Harry Connick Jr., the CAC Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ellis Marsalis and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra directed by Irvin Mayfield.

Discography



As a Sideman:



Bobby Parker..........."Bent Out of Shape" .....Black Top Records BT-1086 1993

Earl King……”Hard River to Cross”…………… Black Top Records BT-1090 1993

Big Joe and the Dynaflows............"Layin' in the Alley" .....Black Top Records BT-1098 1994

Carol Fran & Clarence Holliman………”See There”……Black Top Records BT 1100 1994

Solomon Burke …….”Live at the House of Blues”…….Black Top Records BT-1108 1994

Barry Manilow…..”Singin’ with the Big Bands”………..Arista Records 18771 1994

Snooks Eaglin…….”Soul’s Edge”……..Black Top Records BT 1112 1995

Tommy Ridgley..........."Since The Blues Began" .........Black Top Records BT-1115 1995
Phillip Walker............."Working Girl Blues" ..........Black Top Records BT-1117 1995

Bobby Parker..........."Shine Me Up" .....Black Top Records BT-1119 1995

Robert Ward..........."Black Bottom" .....Black Top Records BT-1123 1995

Sonny Landreth....."South of I-10" .......Zoo/Volcano Records 31070 1995

The New Orleans C.A.C. Jazz Orchestra …."Mood Indigo" .......Rounder Records CD 2145 1997

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown........"Gate Swings" .......Verve 314537617-2 1997
The New Orleans Nightcrawlers........."Funknicity" ..........Rounder Records CD 2154 1997
The Al Belletto Big Jazz Band........."Jazznochracy" ......Louisiana Red Hot Records 1101 1997

Guitar Shorty………”Roll Over, Baby”…… Black Top Records BT-1147 1998

Al Grey….”Echoes of New Orleans” …Progressive Records PCD-7108 1998

Tom McDermott ………”Louisianthology” ……..STR Digital 9803 1999

The New Orleans Nightcrawlers…”Live at the Old Point” ….Viper Records 2000

Bonerama…”Live at the Old Point”…2000

The Naked Orchestra…”Brief Repairs On The Gradually….” Naked Orchestra Records 2000

The John Mahoney Big Band….”In From Somewhere” Independent 2001

Naked On The Floor…..”Naked on the Floor” ….Valid Records VR-1010 2002

Woodenhead ……..”Perseverence”…….Free Electric Records 4003 2003

Tim Laughlin…”The Isle of Orleans”….Gentilly Records GR172 2003

Brasilliance!……..”Minha Joia”……Independent 2003

Dr. John……”N’Awlinz-Disdat or D’udda”……..EMI Records 7243 5 78602 2 2 2004





As a leader:

Neslort............"Mother's Call" ........Lort Records 001 1993

Neslort............."Martian Circus Waltz" ............Lort Records 002 1996

Rick Trolsen……”Gringo Do Choro”….Lort Records 0401 2004

Rick Trolsen……"New Orleans Lullaby"….Lort Records 0402 2006

Rick Trolsen...."Sunrise on Bourbon Street"
Lort Records 0403 2007