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You can't listen to music in New Orleans for too long before coming across trombonist Charlie Halloran.  A fixture of the Crescent City's traditional jazz and Frenchmen Street scene, Charlie's band, the Tropicales, entertain weekly at Bacchanal Wine in the Bywater. As one of the most in-demand sidemen in New Orleans, Charlie performs regularly with Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, the Palmetto Bug Stompers, the Panorama Jazz Band and the Shotgun Jazz Band. Still Charlie can often be found bringing up the rear with Tuba Skinny, the Preservation Hall Allstars, over at the Palm Court Cafe and occasionally with Jon Cleary. Twice named a rising star in Downbeat Magazine and recognized as one of New Orleans’ top trombonists in Offbeat Magazine numerous times, Halloran also maintains a busy recording schedule including Jon Cleary’s Grammy winning album “Go Go Juice” and followup "Dynamite", as well as recordings released by U2, Rickie Lee Jones, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, John Boutte, Alex McMurray, Pokey LaFarge, Maria Muldaur (Grammy Nominated!), Luke Winslow King, and countless traditional jazz bands.

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Halloran's own CD, “Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6”, was nominated for best traditional jazz CD by Offbeat magazine in 2016 and listed in the top 50 Louisiana recordings that same year. His followup recording, “Ce Biguine”, featuring music from the French Antilles was hailed by Caribbean Beat magazine for its “nostalgic ambience, while the music has a quality that makes you want to grab a partner and dance the night away under tropical stars”.

 

Charlie joined the platinum selling Squirrel Nut Zippers in 2009 with whom he recorded and traveled all over the USA and South America, but you’re more likely to spot him at French Quarter Festival or Jazz Fest where he is a frequent face on the traditional jazz stages.

 

Charlie has also performed with Allen Toussaint, the O’Jays, and indie rockers Calexico and the Walkmen.   His preferred drink is a well made margarita with salt and real limes - no sour mix here - or a classic Mai Tai. He has an undying love and appreciation for vintage calypso music and mid century modern design.