Shorty story

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Mu­si­cian Troy An­drews, bet­ter known as Trom­bone Shorty, grew up in the Tremé dis­trict of New Or­leans, a place one critic called “the most mu­si­cal neigh­bor­hood in Amer­ica’s most mu­si­cal city.” In­spired by the brass bands that marched by his house ev­ery Mardi Gras, he be­gan play­ing a dis­carded trom­bone at age four — de­spite the fact that he oc­ca­sion­ally fell over from the weight of the in­stru­ment. His bur­geon­ing tal­ent was hailed by none other than Bo Did­dley (right, pic­tured with An­drews in 1990) at an early ap­pear­ance at a New Or­leans con­cert. Trom­bone Shorty, flu­ent in a va­ri­ety of brass in­stru­ments, up­dates the brass band sound with rock and hip-hop in­flu­ences. He plays the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter with his Or­leans Av­enue en­sem­ble on Fri­day, March 3; he is pic­tured on the cover with his trum­pet, photo by Jane Richey.

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