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Troy Andrews playing at Satchmo Summerfest, August 2007
|Birth name||Troy Michael Andrews|
January 2, 1986 |
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 |
|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.
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.
At the end of 2006, Andrews appeared on the NBC television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. 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. He also garnered honors as Best Contemporary Jazz Performer. Also in 2007, he accepted an invitation to contribute to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino 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.
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. 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.
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." 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.
- 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)
- 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 at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, MunckMix, 2008 (by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue)
- 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)
He appears as a sideman on
- 2015 - "Hold Up, Wait a Minute" by Zhu x Bone Thugs-n-Harmony x Trombone Shorty
- 2015 - "Feel Right" on the album Uptown Special by Mark Ronson
- 2014 - "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" by LeAnn Rimes on the album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue
- 2014 - Classics by She & Him
- 2013 - "Need a Woman by Friday" by King
- 2013 - "Take the Party" by Robert Randolph and the Family Band on the album Lickety Split
- 2012 - "People Pleaser" (featuring Maceo Parker) on the record Superconductor by Andy Allo
- 2012 - "Merry Christmas Baby" on the record Cee Lo's Magic Moment with Cee Lo Green
- 2012 - "Merry Christmas Baby" and "Red-Suited Superman" on the record Merry Christmas, Baby by Rod Stewart
- 2012 - "It Ain't My Fault" (featuring Allen Toussaint and Yasiin Bey a.k.a. Mos Def) on the record St. Peter & 57th Street by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
- 2012 - "Overnight" on the record Uncaged by Zac Brown Band (Atlantic Records/Southern Ground Artists)
- 2011 - Rock 'n' Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul) - Jeff Beck (Atlantic Records). Also Philadelphia Folk Festival
- 2010 - Cineramascope (also featuring Corey Henry) - Galactic. Also recorded live along with "Ooh Nah Nay" at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
- 2010 - Clapton (also featuring Wynton Marsalis, Allen Toussaint & others)
- 2008 - Tufflove - Galactic
- 2007 - Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard)
- 2007 - Marsalis Music Honors Bob French - Bob French (Marsalis Music)
- 2007 - Oh, My NOLA - Harry Connick, Jr. (Sony/Columbia)
- 2006 - The Saints Are Coming - U2 and Green Day (Mercury Records). Track 2, "The Saints are Coming (Live from New Orleans)"
- 2006 - "Hey Troy, Your Mama's Calling You" and "Where Y'At" by The New Orleans Social Club (Burgundy Records/Honey Darling Records)
- 2004 - The Same Pocket, Vol. 1 - The BlueBrass Project (Meantime Lounge Records)
Filmography and TV appearances
- National Christmas Tree Lighting - Performer (2015, PBS)
- The Peanuts Movie, Miss Othmar/Mrs. Little Red-Head Girl (voice), (2015)
- Sportscenter - "Hurricane Season" for the Midnight Edition with Scott Van Pelt (2015, ESPN)
- Odd Couple - Music for the Theme Song (2015)
- Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, series, HBO – Episode 6 (2014)
- NBA All-Star Game Half Time Show - Performer and House Band with Earth, Wind & Fire, Janelle Monáe, Gary Clark Jr and Dr John (2014, TBS)
- The Grammy Awards - Performer with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna and Queen Latifah (2014)
- Conan (2014) - Musical Guest
- Treme series, HBO (2010–2012)
- Sunshine By The Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music (2012, PBS)
- The Hour - Performer (2011)
- Looking Back on Love: Making Black and White America (2011)
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - Musical Guest – Episode #8.21 (2011)
- Later... with Jools Holland - Performer – Episode #39.1 (2011)
- Conan (2011)
- Re:Generation (2011)
- Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul (2010)
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Guest Musician – Episode #19.9 (2010)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Musical Guest - Episode #9.12 (2010)
- Live from the Artists Den (2010)
- Late Show with David Letterman - Musical Guest (2010)
- Tavis Smiley – Episode dated 18 May (2010)
- After Hours with Daniel Boulud (2008)
- Trombone Shorty Documentary / short film (2008 FXF productions)
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip episode "The Christmas Show" (2006, Warner Bros. Entertainment)
- Make It Funky! (various artists of New Orleans) (2005, Sony Pictures Entertainment)
- Soundmix: Five Young Musicians (2004)
- America's Heart and Soul Documentary (2004, Walt Disney Pictures)
- Trombone Shorty / by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor; illustrated by Bryan Collier. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4197-1465-8
- "Trombone Shorty". Verve Music Group. September 29, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Stooges Brass Band". Stoogesmusicgroup.com. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- Gundersen, Edna (September 14, 2006). "U2 to play Superdome". USA Today.
- "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip The Christmas Show (2006) - Full cast and crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- "And the Winners Are...". OffBeat. February 1, 2007. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- 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.
- Parales, Jon (December 5, 2010). "Trombone Shorty brings New Orleans sounds to BAM". The New York Times.
- DeRiso, Nick (September 13, 2011). "Trombone Shorty - For True (2011)". Something Else!. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- "New Orleans Music - A Way of Life". Trombone Shorty Foundation. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE". Zobbel.de. October 1, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
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- Performing on "Whole Lotta Lovin'" with Lenny Kravitz, the Rebirth Brass Band, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker.
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