A New Jersey native who grew up on hippie communes, Rick Trolsen first saw New Orleans when the Navy shipped him there; he soon resolved to get out of the Navy and into music full-time. He arrived in New Orleans in 1982 after attending Berklee College of Music. He quickly fell into good company and was adopted as the first call sideman in town. From 1991 to 1998 he led the almost legendary jazz/rock group, Neslort, as a vehicle for his original compositions. A perennial favorite for 4 consecutive years at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Neslort featured some of the finest musicians in town.
After a two-year stint with the powerhouse group, Bonerama, Rick has pursued his award winning Brazilian jazz group, Gringo do Choro, as well as reviving his original group, Neslort. It’s been 12 long years since the last of the two Neslort CD’s was released but, with the recording agreement with Threadhead Records, he will, again, be recording more of his original music with Neslort.
Update: Rick’s new CD is slated to be released in October, 2010.
Listen to a sample: