Rick Trolsen

Rick Trolsen(Photo © Rick Olivier)

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. His group under the same name, won the Offbeat Magazine’s 2010 Best of the Beat awards for best “World/Reggae Band”
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.” After a two-year stint (07’-08’) with the powerhouse group, Bonerama, Rick has returned once again to re-ignite his original group, Neslort, with a recording agreement with Threadhead Records, he will be releasing the latest CD “Mystical Scam.”

Rick Trolsen (Photo by Sue Poag)

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, The O’Jays, Slide Hampton, 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., and Natalie Cole.

 

Discography

 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

Bonerama…”Bringin’ it Home”….Bonerama Records 3 2007

Jimmy Robinson…”Vibrating Strings” Independent 2008

Afroskull…”To Obscurity and Beyond”…Independent 2009

Luke Winslow King…”Old Baby, New Baby”…Independent 2009

Riley Etheridge Jr….”Powder Keg” Independent  2011

Billy Iuso…”Trippin'”…..Independent 2011

Doug Belote…”Magazine St.” …. Independent  2012

Theresa Andersson…”Street Parade” ..Independent  2012

Luke Winslow King…”The Coming Tide” …Independent 2013

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 2006
Rick Trolsen….”Sunrise on Bourbon Street”….Lort Records 2007
Neslort …
“Mystical Scam” …Lort Records o4o4 2010
Rick Trolsen…”
The New Orleans Po’Boys” 2013