James Andrews, the New Orleans native actually earned the "Satchmo of the Ghetto" moniker back in his Treme' neighborhood. He's come up through a variety of brass bands and has played with Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie , Danny Barker, Dr John and Michelle Shocked. A protégé of soul man Allen Toussaint, Andrews has taken his place alongside of contemporaries swinging the New Orleans tradition in contemporary ways. But there's nothing phony about Satchmo of the Ghetto. Andrews is the real thing and there's no novelty in his chops, or the way he performs his heart out on a swinging collection of New Orleans style party music.
James Andrews trumpeter and vocalist aka "12", aka "Satchmo of the Ghetto"; grandson of the late Jessie Hill (of "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" fame); worked with many local brass bands (Treme Brass Band, New Birth Brass Band) before forming his own band.