Born: January 2, 1986 Primary Instrument: Trombone
Since the release of their Grammy®-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Their latest album, For True, offers substantive proof of their explosive growth, further refining the signature sound Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews has dubbed Supafunkrock. There was excitement from everywhere, says Andrews (now 27) of the experience on the road and how it fed into the creation of For True. We did over 200 shows in the last year and a half, and every night we allowed the music to take us over. Musically and creatively, we wanted to shoot for some different things....
Awards:*2011 GRAMMY Nominee for BACKATOWN - Best Contemporary Jazz Album /// *BACKATOWN was ranked in the top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart for a year and a half, including 10 weeks at #1 /// *2012 DownBeat Readers Poll - Winner - Best Trombone Player category and FOR TRUE ranked in the Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2012 /// *2012 DownBeat Readers Poll - Winner - Best Trombone Player category and FOR TRUE ranked in the Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2012 /// *2012 DownBeat Critics Poll - Scored high with rankings in 7 categories including Jazz Album of the Year for FOR TRUE, Best Trombone Player, Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Trombone, Beyond Artist or Group and Beyond Album for FOR TRUE /// *Honored at Tulane University's commencement ceremony on May 19, 2012 with The President's Medal /// *Most awarded artist in OffBeat magazine's 2012 Best of The Beat Awards with SIX WINS. For the 2nd year in a row Trombone Shorty won the awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (FOR TRUE), Best R&B/Funk Artist, Best R&B/Funk Album, Best Trombonist in addition to a 1st time award for Best Music Video /// *Topped Australia's Rhythms Magazine Reader's Poll 2012 for Jazz Album of the Year - International for FOR TRUE, and Winner of the Gig of the Year - International for his performance at Australia's Byron Bay Bluesfest
They set a blistering pace on this guest-laden follow-up to last year's Grammy-nominated Backatown. - USA Today, Steve Jones' 4-star review of For True
brass band, funk, rock and even some gospel-drenched soul music.. in many ways, he is a genre unto himself. - Billboard
hailed as New Orleans' brightest new star in a generation. - NPR, Talk of the Nation
...the Jimi Hendrix of the trombone. - Rhythms (Australia), Brian Wise
...one of the best entertainers out there, period. He's an incredible horn player. - Zac Brown (Billboard, July 7 2012)
Troy possesses the rarest combination of talent, technical capability and down home soul. I'm his biggest fan. - Wynton Marsalis
Don't get me wrong, we got it goin' on in New Orleans, he's just better. - Allen Toussaint
I was completely blown away... the crowd went wild. Troy and his band have just supported me on some UK dates. A sensational group of musicians. Trombone Shorty is one to watch!
- Jeff Beck in MOJO Magazine's The Best Thing I've Heard All Year (January 2011)
What was the most-talked-about act leading up to this year's Monterey Jazz Festival? ...Trombone Shorty seemed to be the name on everybody's lips by festival's end. Simply put, Trombone Shorty is one of the most exciting young talents in all of music. Apologies to whatever act has to follow him onstage. - Jim Harrington, San Jose Mercury News
Trombone Shorty...flaunted the presence of a rock star...He played trombone with almost combative postures... - Jon Pareles, The New York Times
Nobody exuded more rock-star charisma than Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews ...He and his band, Orleans Avenue, delivered a blistering set of bold, exuberant and cutting edge jazz-rock fueled by funk and hip-hop. - Edna Gundersen, USA Today
AWESOME MUSICALITY MEETS SERIOUS PARTY. True American music's next superstar, from New Orleans obviously! Take my word for it: A new generation of jazz fans is on the way!!! - André Ménard, Montreal Jazz Festival
Trombone Shorty is so ready for his close-up... a native prodigy destined for breakout success. Backatown, with its blend of tight funk, power-chord rock and slinky R&B, builds on that premise, presenting him as an unstoppable force. - Nate Chinen, New York Times
...Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews is already a New Orleans MVP. Backatown is both deeply rooted and culturally omnivorous ... - Will Hermes, Rolling Stone
...Orleans Avenue slaps down a wallop- ing groove behind Shorty, who is spitting fire on trombone. - Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
Of all the amazing New Orleans, Louisiana, musicians, my favorite could be Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews. - Sean Callebs, CNN
Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews was greeted like a conquering hometown hero by a romping, stomping, capacity crowd. Even so the roar that erupted when the 24-year-old strutted onstage, trombone and trumpet audaciously hoisted over his head, was no match for what followed: a near- deafening, funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds and guitar distortion that might have knocked the crowd sideways had there been any room to move.
- Mike Joyce, Washington Post