Troy Andrews (born January 2, 1986), also known as “Trombone Shorty,” is a jazz-funk trombonist and trumpeter hailing from the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Styling himself as a latter day James Brown, Andrews combines the virtuosity and innovation of jazz with the grittiness and danceability of funk. He is the younger brother of James Andrews, the trumpeter known as the “Satchmo of the Ghetto,” and Glen David Andrews, a noted trombonist. Both James Andrews and Glen Andrews were fixtures in the New Orleans brass band scene before striking out on their own. The fusion of jazz, marching band, gospel, funk, pop and (recently) hip-hop musical styles in the brass band repertoire also finds it way in Troy Andrews work. (Troy Andrews tends to emphasize the funk, hip-hop, jazz and rock elements.)

Troy Andrews received his nickname when he was seen playing a trombone (too big for his tiny frame) as a small child in a second line. Something of a prodigy, he studied at and graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) drawing the attention of luminaries like Wynton Marsalis. Before his 20th birthday, he released three albums: 12&Shorty with brother James Andrews, The End of the Beginning with an epoynmous quintet and Orleans and Claiborne with his band of the same name. He also played as part of Lenny Kravitz’s band on tour in 2005 and 2006.

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