Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews
According to Goodreads, “Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest. Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.” Illustrator Bryan Collier won the 2016 Coretta Scott King Award for Trombone Shorty, capturing the spirit of Andrews’ life, New Orleans and Jazz. Collier has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five other times, and been an award honoree three additional times. Every year, ten awards are given: an author, an illustrator, a new talent author, a new talent illustrator, and three honorees each for authors and illustrators. As the national award highlights, Collier is an outstanding African American illustrator of children’s books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Troy Andrews’ band is called, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. He created The Trombone Shorty Foundation to preserve the musical history of New Orleans. This foundation partnered with Tulane University to create the Trombone Shorty Music Academy, which “provides music and business education, instruction, and a mentorship experience to New Orleans high school students who are gifted in music.” Go to https://tromboneshorty.com/ for more info about this musician and mentor, or listen to Trombone Shorty Stays True to New Orleans 2008 NPR Troy Andrews interview (8:16)
For an uplifting sampling of Trombone Shorty’s music, try these YouTube links: