You ever been to New Orleans in June? It’s hot. Hot like our June Artist to Watch, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. New Orleans is famous for its families of musicians like the Neville Brothers and the Marsalis Brothers. Troy comes from an equally talented family and was raised in the Sixth Ward. While New Orleans is famous for Jazz, Trombone Shorty calls its sound “Super Funk Rock”. Interesting in that this is also my MC Name, but I digress.
His rare talents and immense promise inspired the organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to pick him as the subject of the fest’s annual Congo Square official poster. In 2009, at 23, he became the youngest artist ever to be pictured on a poster – the next youngest was Wynton Marsalis, who was featured at age 41. “Shorty possesses the rarest combination of talent, technical capability and down-home soul,” said Marsalis of Andrews. “I’m his biggest fan”.