Trombone Shorty

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Trombone Shorty
Troy Andrews playing at Satchmo Summerfest, August 2007
Background information
Birth name Troy Andrews
Born (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 33)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres jazz, rock, funk, hip hop
Occupation(s) Trombonist, Trumpeter, Composer, Vocalist
Instruments Trombone, Trumpet, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Labels Verve Forecast [1]
Associated acts Orleans Avenue

Troy Andrews (born January 2, 1986), also known by the stage name Trombone Shorty, is an American musician, producer, actor and philanthropist from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. A multi-instrumentalist, he is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also performs and records on the drums, organ and tuba. A highly sought after musician for his unique style and approach, he has worked with some of the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz, funk, hip hop and EDM. Andrews is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews as well as the grandson of singer and songwriter Jessie Hill. Andrews began playing trombone at age four, and since 2009 has toured with his own band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Life and career

Andrews was born in New Orleans. He grew up in its Tremé neighborhood, and participated in brass band parades as a child, becoming a bandleader by the age of six.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1991: "Carlsberg Brass Band" from Denmark with young "Trombone Shorty" Troy Andrews on trombone.

In his teens, Andrews was a member of the Stooges Brass Band, recording and playing with the band.[2] He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

In 2005, Andrews was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz's horn section in a world tour that shared billing with acts including Aerosmith.

Six weeks after the levees failed in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, some of the city's greatest musicians went to Austin, Texas, to record a benefit CD called Sing Me Back Home at Wire Studios with producers Leo Sacks and Ray Bardani. With their lives in transition, the collective became known as The New Orleans Social Club. Andrews was the featured guest on "Hey Troy, Your Mama's Calling You," a tribute to "Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Calling You" which was a Latin-jazz-soul hit for the Jimmy Castor Bunch on Smash Records in 1966. Andrews also performed on "Where Y'At" as part of The Sixth Ward All-Star Brass Band Revue featuring Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers.

In London, during the summer of 2006, Andrews began working with producer Bob Ezrin and U2 at Abbey Road Studios. This association led to Andrews performing with U2 and Green Day during the re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome for the NFL's Monday Night Football pre-game show.[3]

At the end of 2006, Andrews appeared on the NBC television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.[4] Leading a group of New Orleans musicians, he performed the holiday classic "O Holy Night". NBC released the single for free download.

In early 2007, New Orleans’ music magazine Offbeat named Andrews their Performer of the Year.[5] He also garnered honors as Best Contemporary Jazz Performer.[5] Also in 2007, he accepted an invitation to contribute to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino[6] on the track “Whole Lotta Lovin” along with Rebirth Brass Band, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and Lenny Kravitz.

Since 2010, Andrews has appeared in six episodes of the HBO series Treme.

In 2010, Andrews released the Ben Ellman produced Backatown (Verve Forecast), which hit Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart at No. 1 and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue toured across Australia, North America, Europe, Japan and Brazil, as well as supported shows for Jeff Beck in the U.K. and Dave Matthews Band in the U.S. They performed on television shows including Conan, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. He also recorded on new and upcoming CDs from Galactic, Eric Clapton, and Lenny Kravitz and on the Academy Award nominated song "Down In New Orleans" with Dr. John. In December 2010, Andrews curated a two-night Red Hot+New Orleans performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to raise money for the New Orleans NO/AIDS Task Force.[7]

In September 2011, Andrews released the album For True as a follow up to his earlier album Backatown. Along with all the members of his band, Orleans Avenue, this record includes appearances by the Rebirth Brass Band, Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Stanton Moore, Kid Rock, Ben Ellman and Lenny Kravitz as a returning guest artist.[8] On January 8, 2012 Andrews performed the National Anthem before the start of the NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. Soul Rebels Brass Band invited Andrews to special guest on their Rounder Records debut record, Unlock Your Mind, released on January 31, 2012. On March 31, 2012, Andrews' single "Do To Me" was featured before both semi-final games of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on CBS.

On May 19, 2012, Andrews received the President's Medal from Tulane University President Scott Cowen at the university's Unified Commencement Ceremony at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, in recognition of his community service work with the Horns for Schools Project. He thrilled the graduates and visitors by playing the trombone and singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" along with Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band at the ceremony.

On February 21, 2012, Andrews performed at The White House as part of the Black History Month celebration, In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues, which premiered on PBS on February 27, 2012. The event featured performances from B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Keb' Mo', Mick Jagger, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and more. Earlier that day, Andrews also participated in a special education program at The White House with Michelle Obama, Keb' Mo' and Shemekia Copeland.

On January 24, 2014, Andrews performed at Musicares alongside Steven Tyler and LeAnn Rimes. On January 26, 2014, Andrews performed at the 56th Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. He performed with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna and Queen Latifah in a version of Macklemore's "Same Love". On February 16, 2014, Andrews and Orleans Avenue led the performance at Half-Time of the NBA Allstar Game, which was held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, with Andrews also acting as music director for the entire segment. Leading off with his own song "Do To Me," Andrews then brought out his invited guests to join him on stage - Dr John, Janelle Monáe, Gary Clark Jr and Earth, Wind & Fire.

In May 2014, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters traveled to New Orleans to tape their upcoming HBO series, Sonic Highways. After interviewing Andrews for the show, Dave invited Shorty to sit in with the Foo Fighters during their unannounced performance that night at Preservation Hall. That led to a friendship that has seen Shorty sit in with the Foo Fighters at their performances at Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, Dave Grohl's Birthday Bash at the Forum in Los Angeles and at the William Morris retreat at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.

Also in May 2014, Andrews recorded with Mark Ronson for his album Uptown Special which reached Number 5 on the US Billboard 200. Andrews also suggested to Ronson that he should contact Mystikal to perform on the album and passed along Mystikal's phone number. That collaboration led to the single "Feel Right." At the end of 2014, Andrews recorded the theme song for the remake of the Odd Couple, which premiered on CBS in February 2015. In 2015, Andrews made his feature film debut, recording the voice of the teacher Miss Othmar and the other adults in the Peanuts Movie.

Andrews has performed twice for President Obama at the White House in 2015. The first time was October 14 where he performed "Fiya on the Bayou" and also performed with Usher and Queen Latifah. The second time was December 3 for the National Christmas Tree Lighting where he performed "Jingle Bells" alongside Crosby, Stills and Nash, Aloe Blacc and Reese Witherspoon. In November 2015, Andrews and Orleans Avenue toured Europe with Foo Fighters. He performed "Stay All Night" with Little Big Town at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Trombone Shorty Foundation

The Trombone Shorty Foundation evolved from Andrews' Horns For Schools Project, a collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, which helped schools across New Orleans receive quality instruments donated by Andrews personally. The Foundation's mission is "to preserve and perpetuate the unique musical culture of New Orleans by passing down its traditions to future generations of musicians."[9] In December 2012, the Foundation partnered with Tulane University to create an After School Academy to mentor aspiring, high school musicians in the New Orleans Area.


Studio albums

  • Say That to Say This, Verve Forecast Records, 2013 (by Trombone Shorty)
  • For True, Verve Forecast Records (released Sep 13, 2011) (UK chart peak: No. 160)[10]
  • Backatown, Verve Forecast Records, 2010 (by Trombone Shorty)
  • Orleans & Claiborne, Treme Records, 2005 (by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue)
  • Trombone Shorty Meets Lionel Ferbos (by Trombone Shorty & Lionel Ferbos)
  • The End of the Beginning, Treme Records, 2005 (by The Troy Andrews Quintet)
  • 12 & Shorty, Keep Swingin' Records, 2004 (by James & Troy Andrews)
  • It's About Time, 2003 (as part of the Stooges Brass Band)
  • Trombone Shorty's Swingin' Gate, Louisiana Red Hot Records, 2002 (by Troy Andrews)

Live albums

  • Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, MunckMix, 2008 (by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue)[11]
  • Live at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, MunckMix, 2007 (by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews)
  • Live at the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, MunckMix, 2006 (by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews)
  • Live at the 2004 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, MunckMix, 2004 (by Troy Andrews & Orleans Avenue)


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Filmography and TV appearances



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  6. A tribute album commemorating the return of Fats Domino to New Orleans. Domino had been rescued from the city, immediately following the city's devastation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Domino had initially been feared dead, since he did not leave New Orleans prior to the landing of the hurricane.
  7. Parales, Jon (December 5, 2010). "Trombone Shorty brings New Orleans sounds to BAM". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. DeRiso, Nick (September 13, 2011). "Trombone Shorty - For True (2011)". Something Else!. Retrieved November 8, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  10. "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE". October 1, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. Performing on "Whole Lotta Lovin'" with Lenny Kravitz, the Rebirth Brass Band, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker.

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