GRAMMY-nominated jazz artist Trombone Shorty recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Trombone Shorty discussed the importance of mentoring and giving back to younger artists and his 2013 album, Say That To Say This, among other topics. Trombone Shorty also performed a brief set featuring "Vieux Carre" from Say That To Say This and "Do To Me" from 2011's For True.
"I just wanted to be able to give the kids some instruments and help inspire them and let them know that they can go further," said Trombone Shorty regarding his Trombone Shorty Foundation, which provides instruments to children in New Orleans. "You get some of the kids in marching band and they don't really know that [they] can do other things with the horn outside of marching band. I just want to let them know that [they] can look at me … as an example to what [they] can create."
The grandson of New Orleans R&B legend Jessie Hill and younger brother to trumpeter James "12" Andrews, Trombone Shorty (born Troy Andrews) was exposed to New Orleans' storied jazz scene at an early age. A bandleader at age 8 and touring musician at 10, he attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, which boasts GRAMMY winners Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., and Branford and Wynton Marsalis among its alumni. In 2002 he released his debut album, Trombone Shorty's Swingin' Gate, which was followed by 2005's The End Of The Beginning and Orleans & Claiborne. Trombone Shorty garnered his first GRAMMY nomination in 2010 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Backatown, which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart. He topped the Jazz Albums chart with 2011's For True, which featured collaborations with Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Kid Rock, and Ledisi, among others.
Released in September, Say That To Say This was co-produced by GRAMMY winner Raphael Saadiq and features 10 tracks, including "Vieux Carre," a cover of the Meters' "Be My Lady" and "Fire And Brimstone." Trombone Shorty is currently in the midst of a North American tour, with dates scheduled through June 2014.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Ed Kowalczyk — I Alone Acoustic (Dec. 9).
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