CUMBERLAND HEAD — Dr. Laura Carbone’s twin passions are photography and music.
Wherever there’s live music — from the Cadyville Concert Hall to the Blast Furnace Blues Festival in Bethlehem, Pa. — Carbone snaps away from the photogs’ pit or finds a strategic front-row or backstage perch.
At the 2011 Philadelphia Folk Festival, her Nikon crossed paths with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who also plays a mean trumpet. He is the younger brother of James Andrews, a noted New Orleans bandleader and trumpeter, and the grandson of singer/songwriter Jessie Hill, who penned “Ooo Poo Pah Doo.”
Since 2009, Trombone Shorty has toured with his own funk/pop/hip-hop outfit, Orleans Avenue.
While Carbone focuses on her musical subjects, she strives to catch the physical aspect of sound and the visual excitement of a live performance.
At Philly’s Folk Fest, she shot a sequence of one of the greatest horn players walking the planet now. In one frame, Trombone Shorty reached for his trumpet and trombone. Holding one in each hand, he screamed.
Carbone showed the image to a woman from the saving-American-music magazine “Elmore,” and the musician’s image appeared in a subsequent issue.
Trombone Shorty is managed by the San Francisco-based Rosebud Agency, whose clientele includes John Hammond, Mavis Staples and Charlie Watts.
Rosebud management saw Carbone’s “Elmore” photo and requested it for a photo-of-the-month. Subsequently, the company has used three of her images on the artist’s website.
Carbone uses Flickr for photo storage, and Rosebud scoped her folders of Trombone Shorty, who was nominated for Artist of the Year, Best Trumpeter, Best Trombonist and Best R&B/Funk Artist by OffBeat Magazine 2012 Best of the Beat Awards.
Last year, she photographed him once again at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.