Troy Andrews, who performs under the stage name Trombone Shorty started performing before kindergarten, on the streets of New Orleans as a 4 year old. Already experienced in music at the age of 8, he formed his first band. By 13 he was on the road in Lenny Kravitz’s band.

One of seven children, Troy grew up in one of New Orleans’ oldest black neighborhoods, Treme. Music was always part of his life as his grandfather was a successful R&B artist and his older brother was a jazz trumpeter. Amazingly, Andrews appeared on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time as a 4 year old playing with Bo Diddley.  And the nickname? He was tagged Trombone Shorty when after choosing that as his primary instrument, he was typically seen playing something bigger than he was.

When Andrews was nine, his brother, another talented musician, was shot and killed. Overwhelmed by grief and fearful of the same outcome for Troy, his father placed him in the care of his manager and friend, the late Susan Lovejoy Scott. She has been credited with increasing the musician’s exposure as well as keeping him away from the pitfalls that overwhelmed other musicians from his neighborhood.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play a blend of funk, hip-hop and jazz  Troy calls ‘supafunkrock’. As a supporting musician, Trombone Shorty has played with everyone from U2 to Madonna to Usher. His first national exposure came from the pregame show for the reopening of the New Orleans Superdome, performing with U2 and Green Day.