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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

Trombone Shorty is the best-known moniker for Troy Andrews. He was born into a well-known New Orleans musical family in 1986. His grandfather, Jessie Hill, was a locally popular R&B recording artist. His older brother, James "12" Andrews, was a successful jazz trumpeter who was also an early mentor. Andrews began playing music at a very early age and was playing professionally at the age of five. He mastered trombone, trumpet, and drums, eventually choosing the trombone as his principal instrument and thus picking up his nickname. So advanced was he that, at the age of eight, a club in the city’s Tremé district, where he was born and raised, was named Trombone Shorts in his honor.

Andrews became a member of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts' (NOCCA) musical education program for high school students; other graduates included Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, and Wynton and Branford Marsalis. At NOCCA, Andrews took music theory, ear training, and instrumental instruction courses under Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan, among others. In 2003 he was one of five young musicians chosen as the subject for a PBS television documentary, and also performed on the network's nationally broadcast tribute to Louis Armstrong, directed by Wynton Marsalis. Outside his hometown, Andrews has appeared with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with U2 and Green Day. He has also traveled extensively overseas, playing concerts and festivals in Cuba and Europe; he has appeared at the Vienna Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Istanbul Jazz Festival.

As a recording artist, Andrews has appeared on Global Song of Kids, a collection of children’s songs played in the style of New Orleans marching bands released in Japan. His first recording under his own name, Swingin’ Gate, was issued in 2002 and featured several of his own compositions; it was acclaimed by jazz critics. This was followed in 2004 by The Same Pocket, Vol. 1 (by the BlueBrass Project) and 12 & Shorty (with his brother James' band). In 2005, Treme Records released The End of the Beginning (by the Troy Andrews Quintet) and Orleans & Claiborne (by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue), and four volumes of his performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival entitled Live at Jazz Fest 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. He also appeared on the club hit "Tufflove" on Galactic's Ya-Ka-May in 2010 before releasing his Verve Records debut, Backatown (on which he not only plays trombone but also sings and plays trumpet, keyboards, drums, and other percussion), under the Trombone Shorty moniker.

Backatown was greeted by nearly universal critical and commercial acclaim -- it hit the Billboard jazz chart at number one and remained there for nine straight weeks, and was in the Top Ten for over six months; the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category. Andrews and his band toured worldwide to support it, knocking out sold-out crowds all over the globe with their high-energy meld of styles, opening for Jeff Beck and Dave Matthews, as well as playing the Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot festival stages along the way. Andrews also appeared, as himself, in several episodes of the HBO television series Tréme. Taking no time off, Shorty and Orleans Avenue recorded For True during brief breaks from the road. For True was released on September 13, 2011. It was produced by Ben Ellman and George Drakoulias, and featured a host of guest appearances from Jeff Beck, Ledisi, Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock, Warren Haynes, Ivan and Cyril Neville, and the Rebirth Brass Band, among others. While Andrews spent most of the next year and a half touring in support of the album, over the next two years he also became an in-demand guest sideman, appearing on albums by the Soul Rebels Brass Band, the Zac Brown Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cee Lo Green, Rod Stewart, and Robert Randolph. In 2012 he appeared at the White House with numerous artists as part of the PBS documentary, In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues. Andrews partnered with New Orleans' mayor Mitch Landrieu, to create The Trombone Shorty Foundation, which donated new instruments to public schools. Later, in partnership with Tulane University, the program evolved into the After School Academy for aspiring musicians. In September of 2013, he released his third Verve offering, Say That to Say This. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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deedeek66
Oops, I meant noisy truck. Welcome to my brain.
deedeek66
Yes! This is it! I first heard his music on an NPR show but when the host announced his name, a nosy truck passed my open window and I did not catch his name. A couple years later, I have found him! My life is complete now:)
ryanjimmy74
I just found out about him on Pandora and I cant believe i just found him out,hes amazing career and trombone is unlike any iv ever heard,im hooked now,would love to see him live
Made me pick my horn back up
My mom knew him when he was a lil kid and she knew he was gonna be popular!! Im glad for his success and he reppin NOLA to the fullest!!!
First time I heard of Trombone Shorty was on the HBO Series Treme...been loving his music since then
This guy is awesome!
Got to aknowledge his music through here... Gotta be so grateful to pandora...
This dude is awesome.
I saw him at the Monterey Jazz Festival a few years back and have been a fan ever since
First saw him at congo square at jazz fest in 2009 been hooked since
saw him perform live at Roanoke VA. was blown away. what an artist and what an ensemble of musicians
Trombone shorty is a beast
Anyone should look him up in Austin City Limits. That's where I first heard him, and I was instantly hooked.
I saw him last year he is awesome! And his band is also they do this thing where they trade instruments mid song. I'd say Trombone Shorty is the 2nd hardest working man in show business... would love to see him again!
i'm your biggest fan i also play trombone myself for 13 years i wish you could tech me i would be honored if you could that.
I wish he could come up to OU and play a concert for our school of music!
Troy, hold it down for NOLA!!!! We all love you man!!!
My son Kent turned me on to this guy, thanks!!!!!
This young ma can truely play. Hopefully he will come back to Orlando for the jazz, or blues festival.
Very nice
ccarterboyz
First saw TS as an opening act for Dave Matthews Band in Charlottsvil l e , V A . He Rocked the house. I am hooked on his energy, musical phrasing and dexterity. A true gift .
Love ya TS.
I play the trombone and we have compititon!
aygoda
He made me fall in love with trombone
another thought, when are we getting the 2008 and 2007 live albums on here. that would be epic!
I used to think I could play trombone. then I heard this guy. I have a ways to go. this man is my hero!
Never had heard of him till he was a warm up act for Bruce Springsteen at New Orleans Jazz Fest this year. AWESOME!
tcoleman910
When will you be adding For True to the playlist?
taylor.bolin g
Best live show I ever saw was Shorty and Orleans Ave. at a hotel after party. Maybe 500 people. All going crazy.
Also got to see TS play with Jeff Beck in New Orleans. That's how good he is and how into music Jeff is.
Trombone Shorty can rock the house. Love him live. Also look for the Midnight Disturbers if you want an All Star band to groove to.
I live across the lake from New Orleans, so have an affinity for New Orleans music. But, let me say, Trombone Shorty is in a category all his own! I've seen him a few times live, and the whole audience gets moving. He's one of my favorites! And, one of the reasons I love the trombone the best. Although, he also plays other instruments just as great, like the trumpet. Can't wait to get his new CD!
mltully6
May I please have more with more on top?
Mr. Andrews is just that good.
This is wonderful! I got kids grooving and not concerned about lyrical content.
Troy is an amazing musician and person. He has energy that goes out to the audience. Love ya Troy.
I once saw a video of Trombone Shorty with Bonerama. That was the most exciting video I had ever seen. I had never seen or heard a trombone played like that before. I have become a fan of the trombone!
Shorty rocked the S**t outa the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama! Got me hooked on some amazing New Orleans Music!
jdhriogrande
Shorty and his band blew up Monterey in Sept-10. He is the real deal!
This is awsome, a multi layer experience in music!!!
Awesome!
cori7374
Heard him for the first time opening for DMB in Charlottesvi l l e . I am definitely buying the CD.
Absolutely love it...
jsignor3
Oh my gosh.. he and his band were SOOO hot and in sync at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Never had heard him before, it was great, fast energy.
whbrady1952
just caught him last night opening for the Dave Matthews band In charleston SC- awesome. He also sat in for one song with Dave........ GREAT
Coming to Chicago soon hopefully, just caught him & Orleans Ave. on Austin City Limits & can't wait to seem them LIVE!!!!
missed him at 'Hardly Strictly...' but LOVED him at Monterey Jazz Fest. I hadn't heard of him before then.
seagoddess_t
Can't wait to see him at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival tomorrow!!!
stacylmagic
great show at MFJ 2010!
robrien04
He (& Orleans Avenue) put on a fantastic show - looking forward to MJF as well!
knaganuma5
Can't wait to see him at the Monterey Jazz Festival!
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