Glen David Andrews, a native son of New Orleans, comes from a storied extended family of musicians. He was born in the historic Tremé neighborhood – which many consider to be the oldest black community in the United States – where the struggle to survive is older than the Crescent City’s mighty oak trees. According to family folklore, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a patriarch of modern New Orleans music, directed the bell of his horn toward Andrews's mother's belly as a way to induce labor and Andrews was born the very next day.
Transfixed by the magic and mystery of the city's second-line parades, Andrews and his older brother, Derrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass Band, along with their younger cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty,” soaked up life's musical lessons, learning the history of the brass band tradition firsthand from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. He has played in New Birth, Lil Rascals, and Tremé brass bands, lending equal measures of musicianship and showmanship to each. He now fronts his own high-powered ensemble that veers from traditional jazz to gospel, rock, blues and funk, all in the same show.