Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, is an electrifying player whose prodigious talent was known from the time he was big enough to hoist a trombone. Born into a musical family in New Orleans’ Treme district, Troy mastered trumpet and drums before settling on the instrument that gave him his nickname.
His gift was nurtured at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts where he studied music theory, ear training and instrument instruction, taught by master teachers. He joins a list of graduates that include Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton and Branford Marsalis.
Troy is a sought after session man and has appeared on records by diverse artists such as Mark Ronson, Zac Brown Band, Eric Clapton, Galactic, Lenny Kravitz, Rod Stewart, She & Him, Dierks Bentley and Bettye LaVette. His own records have garnered him critical and popular acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for Backatown, his 2010 release on Verve. And in 2018 he received a Blues Music Association award for blues instrumentalist in the horn category. Appearances at the White House and other hallowed stages add to his impressive resume, not to mention his numerous stints on television and in movies, including playing himself on HBO’s Treme.
He’s also been recognized for his humanitarian work, bringing The Crescent City’s rich, musical heritage and instruments to students in New Orleans schools.
His latest record, Parking Lot Symphony on Blue Note, is a lively outing featuring some of New Orleans best players on Troy’s original compositions and classic covers by Allan Toussaint and The Meters.
He and Orleans Avenue will light this stage on fire with their fiery and contemporary take on New Orleans jazz music traditions. Get those Mardi Gras beads swingin’!