Roots & Blues Preview – Trombone Shorty

For the second straight year, StorageMart is giving away a Roots & Blues Whole Hog VIP Getaway.  Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of “Whole Hog” VIP Passes and hotel accommodations for the Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival, to be held September 20-22 in Columbia, Missouri.

Troy Andrews, best known by his stage moniker “Trombone Shorty”, is only 27 years old, but has been a fixture of the New Orleans jazz scene for two decades.  He and his band Orleans Avenue will be bringing their blend of jazz, soul, funk and hip hop to the Roots & Blues Festival on Saturday, September 21st.

The grandson of New Orleans R&B legend Jessie Hill, Trombone Shorty began playing music at very early age and was already playing professionally by the time he was just five years old.  Skilled on the trombone, trumpet and drums, he eventually made the trombone his instrument of choice (thus earning him his nickname).  He was so advanced in his playing that by the time he was eight years old a club in the Tremé district of New Orleans (where he was born and raised) was named Trombone Shorts in his honor.

He became a member of the famed musical education program at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (past members include Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton and Branford Marsalis) while in high school and in 2003 was among the few young musicians chosen for the PBS documentary tribute to Louis Armstrong (directed by Wynton Marsalis).

Trombone Shorty has since gone to tour worldwide, guest star with artists including U2, Green Day, Rod Stewart, Mos Def, Harry Connick, Jr., Jeff Beck and Maceo Parker as well as release several studio and live albums of his own.

His star continues to grow thanks to the HBO series “Tremé.”  Set and shot in the historic district of New Orleans, the show centers prominently on the local music scene.  Trombone Short has appeared as himself in a half dozen episodes and is featured on the soundtrack to the show’s first season.

Trombone Shorty is a true musical prodigy who honors the classic big brass band style of Jazz made famous by his hometown of New Orleans while also bridging into more of the contemporary genre of funk, neo-soul and hip hop.  For a truly unique musical experience, be sure to be on hand when he takes the stage the evening of Saturday, September 21st at the Roots & Blues Festival.

Heather Gerling Heather Gerling (104 Posts)

Digital Marketing Assistant at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University. Strongly believes you should never leave home without a book, and admits to having a coffee addiction.

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