Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

New Orleans Musical Royalty to Headline S.C.’s Largest New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, 2016

Known as New Orleans musical royalty, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is a multi-piece brass band that has played at the White House, toured the world with Lenny Kravitz and Hall & Oates, performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and now holds a coveted closing headliner position at Jazz Fest in New Orleans – the spot once held by jazz legends, The Neville Brothers.

In the last year, Trombone Shorty played for the President and First Lady at the White House, closing a show where Usher, Smokey Robinson and James Taylor shared the bill. In 2012, the group performed for the First Couple at the White House along with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. In fact, Andrews has played for President Obama “five or six times” thus far. Popular songs include “Hurricane Season” and “Fire and Brimstone.”

Throughout his career, Andrews (solo, or with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue) has performed with music legends such as Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, U2, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., and more, including touring with Hall & Oates, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Beck, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah.

In addition to his musical success, Andrews has often appeared on screen. He has guest starred in six episodes of HBO’s “Treme” and appeared on popular late night programs including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Conan.” Learn more at www.TromboneShorty.com.

Background

A seasoned music industry veteran at age 30, New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews began his career as a jazz bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans. In 2005 – the same year he toured the world as part of Lenny Kravitz’ band – Andrews became the bandleader of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band influenced by legends James Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, Lenny Kravitz, Lil Wayne and The Neville Brothers.

The New Orleans-born band has reached international fame with their three albums: Grammy-nominated Backatown (2010), For True (2011) and Say That to Say This (2013). Together they have toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and Brazil.

In a July 2016 Offbeat Magazine article, writer John Swenson says, “There are a handful of local musicians who have built global careers on their music—off the top of the head you can mention Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Big Freedia, Mystikal, Lil’ Wayne, Master P and a few others. One young musician, however, stands out as a millennial version of the traditional New Orleans musicians known around the world—icons like Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Fats Domino. Troy Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, is New Orleans musical royalty—the younger brother of James Andrews; cousin to Glen David Andrews and a host of other musicians; the grandson of the great Jessie Hill; blood relation to Mahalia Jackson and, some say, Armstrong himself.”

Philanthropy

Named as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Music” in 2016, Andrews’ musical passion is rivaled with his passion for philanthropy. In 2012, Andrews received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Andrews that donates musical instruments to schools across New Orleans.

Andrews recently published an illustrated children’s book named Trombone Shorty about growing up in New Orleans. In his book he writes, “As important as it is for me to carry the torch for the music of New Orleans, it’s even more important for me to make sure that this tradition continues. In 2010 I launched the Trombone Shorty Foundation and Trombone Shorty Music Academy to make sure that the music and culture of New Orleans stay alive. While I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world and share my music, I always return home to New Orleans. Nothing has been more inspiring to me than working with the children there. I wanted to write this book to inspire hope in kids who might be growing up under difficult circumstances but who also have a dream, just like I did. I’m living proof that as long as you work hard, you can make yourself take flight.”

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