From the Streets to the Superdome: Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) has landed himself a lot of impressive gigs. He played The White House in 2012, performed with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at this year’s Grammy Awards, and collaborated with U2 and Green Day to re-open the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. He’s also appeared on albums by Cee Lo Green, Eric Clapton, and Zac Brown Band in the last few years. Not bad for a guy in his mid-20s…

Growing up in New Orleans, Troy earned the nickname “Trombone Shorty” when he was just a kid carrying around a horn that was bigger than his body. He and his older brother started busking and playing in jazz clubs when Shorty was just 10, but it was only a matter of years before he was performing with New Orleans icons like Dr. John and Wynton Marsalis.

Now that he’s found success, Shorty is trying to give back to the city that raised him. His main project is The Trombone Shorty Foundation, a nonprofit that works with Tulane University to preserve and perpetuate his hometown’s musical culture by providing education and mentorship opportunities. Last month, he was honored for his work when President Obama named him a “Turnaround Artist” in the Turnaround Arts Initiative, a program that works with schools to provide funding and supplies for their art programs.

Last year, Shorty went into the studio with his band Orleans Avenue and soul man Raphael Saadiq for his latest album, Say That To Say This. It’s funky, soulful, and definitively New Orleans. Give it a listen and get ready to join the second line in September!