Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is a singular artist who puts his own spin on traditional American musical forms. Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a nine-piece hard-edged funk band that employs brass-band beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. NPR hailed him as “New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation,” and New York Magazine said “Trombone Shorty takes in a century-plus worth of sounds—ragtime and jazz and gospel and soul and R&B and hip-hop—and attacks everything he plays with festive fervor.” A 2011 GRAMMY Award nominee for his album Backatown, Andrews' virtuosity and high-energy live shows have drawn unanimous raves on six continents, with Rolling Stone calling him a “must-see act.” As co-founder and namesake of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, he aims to preserve and perpetuate New Orleans music and culture by inspiring and teaching the next generation of New Orleans musicians.
- Author of books for young readers. First illustrated autobiography, Trombone Shorty, named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. The follow-up illustrated book, The 5 O’Clock Band, was released in 2018 and nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's.
- Current Blue Note Records recording artist
- Feature film debut in the 2015 animated box office smash The Peanuts Movie–Troy’s trombone was used to voice the iconic 'wah-wah-wah' sound of the adult characters.
- Five performances for President Obama at the White House.
- Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities recipient, 2016
- Played himself in multiple episodes of David Simon's HBO series 'Treme'
- Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” Class of 2016 for Music along with Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and Jon Batiste.
- President’s Medal - Tulane University recipient, 2012, in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation
- Turnaround Arts Artist - 2014-present
- Cameo appearance on 'The Simpsons', 2018