Troy Andrews

Decades: 2000s


1986, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Andrews was born into a well-known New Orleans musical family, his grandfather, Jessie Hill, being a locally popular R&B recording artist. His older brother, James Andrews, a successful jazz trumpeter, known as ‘12’, was an early tutor who had himself been mentored by veteran jazzman Danny Barker. Troy Andrews began playing music at a very early age and was playing professionally at the age of five. He mastered trombone, trumpet, and drums, eventually choosing the trombone as his principal instrument and thus picking up his nickname, Trombone Shorty. So advanced was he that, at the age of eight, a club in the city’s Tremé district, where he was born and raised was named Trombone Shorty’s in his honour.

Andrews became a member of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ musical education programme for high school students, other graduates of which include Harry Connick...

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