New Orleans has been blessed with some of the greatest trumpet players of all time.
From Louis Armstrong, the master of nuance, to his mentor, Joe King Oliver, to Al Hirt, who could blind you with his virtuosity, to Louis Prima, who brought entertainment to his technique. Nowadays, we still claim Wynton, even though he lives in NYC.
But the current crop of trumpeters are some of the best. Kermit Ruffins puts on the best show in town. Irwin Mayfield blends every genre you could imagine. Terence Blanchard is great, but he's in town about as much as Wynton. Lionel Ferbos is still playing, but the most talented of them all may be Trombone Shorty.
Now first of all, the non-locals were trying to figure out who the heck Trombone Shorty was, since this Troy Andrews guy came on stage with a trumpet. Hey, it'll take too long to explain. Just listen.
I heard him do something I have never heard any horn player do. He is an expert at fluttertonguing, but instead of just doing it fast on one note, he can key every single note that is tongued. So while his tongue is flying at a mile a minute, his fingers are keeping up.
This has to be heard to be believed.
So go see Shorty while he still lives among us, and isn't sucked into the Austin - NYC vortex, because he can earn a living anywhere in the world, but he chooses to do it here, in New Orleans, the home of everything that really matters.
Edit: I missed a bunch of other talented trumpeters. See the comments.