Backatown features the band's trademark “Supafunkrock" sound, an explosive, homegrown blend of funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop that has been exciting audiences worldwide.
Trombone Shorty is part of two other 2011 Grammy-nominated projects: his version of “Ooh Pooh Pah Doo" is on Treme, Music From the HBO Original Series, Season One, a nominee for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media; and he plays with Dr. John on “Down in New Orleans" (from Disney's The Princess and the Frog), nominated for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
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Carnegie Mellon University doctoral student Lufei Ruan, 23, nearly won the women's world chess championship held in Hatay, Turkey in December. Ruan was defeated by Chinese chess prodigy Hou Yifan who made history during the tournament by becoming the youngest ever World Chess Champion in history (men's or women's) by winning at the age of 16.
On a personal note: Dan was perhaps the rudest most self-centered person who has ever passed in front of my lens in my entire 11-year career as a photojournalist. While shooting him, along with a handful of other photographers and TV cameramen, he stopped signing autographs to instruct me to stop shooting him because he felt I had enough photographs of him. He then proceeded to explain that the flash was distracting him. However, I wasn't using a flash, so I assume it may have been the flashes from the other photographers or perhaps the countless fans who walked up to take a picture of him. After explaining to him that I wasn't using a flash he then scolded me and told me my shutter was distracting him. Then he continued his rant by telling me that if I didn't listen to him and stop shooting him that he would see to it I was removed from the store. Going even further he then told me that he would personally escort me outside. Standing in front of him confused and shocked that this was actually happening, I was speechless. He then continued by telling me that a, "Real professional photographer would have his picture in 6 frames or less." Completely unsure what to say or do, I stood in front of him and the packed store, baffled by his rude comments and tone. He proceeded to go back to signing autographs and continued muttering "6 frames" several times under his breath. I packed up and left. When I got home I checked my files to see if perhaps I was heavy on the shutter. In the entire 10 minutes of him signing autographs, I shot 9 frames!