"Day three's showstopper was Glen David Andrews, who rocked the blues, took it to church and carried it into the moshpit. The gospel/R&B singer and trombonist played an electrifying set. Andrews bellowed, leaped in the air, fell to his knees, waved a yellow handkerchief and crowd-surfed — twice. His rollicking performance accommodated everything from Down in the Tremé to a Cajunized version of The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go."
"If you weren't in the Gospel Tent on Sunday at the close of New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011, you can't appreciate his ability to summon energies of prodigious scope in the name of God almighty. Approximating the power released by a six-pack of hydrogen bombs detonated at tent central, carrying his audience along on a wild ride from one detonation to the next, Andrews was searingly, exhaustingly astonishing"
“It may have been the most raucous night in the 25-year history of the Dakota, including both locations. It’s the only time I’ve felt the floor move. People stood on the mezzanine, the stairs, at the bar, in the doorways. They screamed. They jumped up and down. They raised their hands and shook their behinds and sang along.”
"There's over the top, Over the Top, OVER THE TOP, and Glen David Andrews... he was on his knees before the first song, and I was worn out"
"Last year Glen David Andrews praised the Lord at the Gospel Tent and made converts in the process. This year, the deities that rule over Jazz Fest paid him back. Andrews delivered a highlight performance at Congo Square on opening day before an appreciative crowd"
"New Orleans has a long history of amazing performers whose legend never completely translates to the outside world... when a local artist breaks through at Jazzfest, it is a spectacular thing to witness. This fest it happened to Glen David Andrews...it was as if some otherworldly force took over him during a performance in the Gospel Tent that was completely transformative...he was a combination of James Brown and Prince...people were clamoring to touch him, to take a spark from this burning light of a spiritual force in their midst.
“his new album, "Walking Through Heaven's Gate" (Threadhead Records), reveals the same fire Andrews brings to street parades and bandstands throughout New Orleans, and they open a window into an important piece of the history that defines Andrews and his close clan of powerhouse musicians”
"Andrews is a charismatic vocalist whose improvisational skills and command over any situation he’s involved in places him among the top ranks of New Orleans singers..."
"Walking Through Heaven's Gate bubbles over with manifold sounds of New Orleans. (It) definitely looks heavenward, but the unmistakable stamp of Andrews' scratchy baritone holler keeps it high-stepping in street style."
““...Walking Through Heaven’s Gate” becomes one big hallelujah."”
“He is one of the most amazing vocalists alive today -- his billowing baritone is like a horn instrument itself -- and he is an incredible entertainer. He sanctifies, electrifies, hellafies. If you weren't dancing at this show you were dead.”
“By combining the old with the new, Andrews has created a unique sound, one that is currently captivating New Orleans music fans. Andrews certainly possesses the pedigree to carry this illustrious New Orleans musical flame.”
“In New Orleans, the city that gave the world jazz, a young trombone player and vocalist is proudly taking that style of music into the 21st Century. Glen David Andrews, 27, articulates his city’s deep musical heritage through his performing better than anyone his age.”