Trombone Shorty, born Troy Andrews, was raised in one of New Orleans most musical families. Andrews got his moniker when he picked up his instrument at age four and started playing professionally soon after. By eight, he had his own band and by the time he was in his teens, Andrews was touring with the Neville Brothers. So advanced was he at a young age, a club in the city’s Tremé district was named ‘Trombone Shorts’ in his honor.
Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have performed all over the world including a performance at the White House in 2014 and with bands The Foo Fighters, Hall & Oats, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Little Big Town. He headlines the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival nearly every year. Trombone Shorty’s horn became his passport that opened the doors to the world. And, trombone in hand, he eagerly walked through them.
He founded the Trombone Shorty Foundation to ensure the power of music continues to change the lives of future New Orleans musicians.
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