Musician Troy Andrews, known as “Trombone Shorty,” started playing the trombone on the streets of New Orleans when he was four. Now 31, Trombone Shorty plays his music for audiences around the world, and was the closing act in the 2017 New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. Trombone Shorty grew up in Treme, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which remains an important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture. He comes from a famous musical family, and was mentored by music legends like Wynton Marsalis and the Neville Brothers. Trombone Shorty describes his music as “Supafunkrock,” a blend of rock, pop, jazz, funk, and hip hop and says its important for young people to learn different kinds of music.
October 20, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.