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Angela Bassett reads "Trombone Shorty" for SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online®.
Angela Bassett reads "Trombone Shorty" for SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online®.

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

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Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is a singular artist who puts his own spin on traditional American musical forms. Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a nine-piece hard-edged funk band that employs brass-band beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. NPR hailed him as “New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation,” and New York Magazine said “Trombone Shorty takes in a century-plus worth of sounds—ragtime and jazz and gospel and soul and R&B and hip-hop—and attacks everything he plays with festive fervor.” A GRAMMY Award nominee for his album Backatown, Andrews’ virtuosity and high-energy live shows have drawn unanimous raves on six continents, with Rolling Stone calling him a “must-see act.” As co-founder and namesake of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, he aims to preserve and perpetuate New Orleans music and culture by inspiring and teaching the next generation of New Orleans musicians.

Notable Achievements

  • Author of books for young readers. First illustrated autobiography, Trombone Shorty, named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. The follow-up illustrated book, The 5 O’Clock Band, was released in 2018 and nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Children’s.
  • Current Blue Note Records recording artist
  • Feature film debut in the 2015 animated box office smash ‘The Peanuts Movie’–Troy played his trombone to voice the iconic ‘wah-wah-wah’ sound of the adult characters.
  • Five performances for President Obama at the White House.
  • Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities recipient, 2016
  • Played himself in multiple episodes of David Simon’s HBO series ‘Treme’
  • Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” Class of 2016 for Music along with Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and Jon Batiste.
  • President’s Medal – Tulane University recipient, 2012, in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation
  • Turnaround Arts Artist – 2014-present
  • Cameo appearance on ‘The Simpsons’, 2018
  • Halcyon ‘Arts Icon’ Award recipient, 2019

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