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Trombone Shorty Season 36 by Billy Bishop

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, a native of New Orleans, grew up playing music in the Treme neighborhood. He was leading his own band by the age of six and released his first album when he was only 16.  Now in his 20s, Andrews is bringing his special blend of funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop to a national audience.

After attending the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, Andrews went on to pursue a solo career. Along the way he played with Lenny Kravitz, U2, Green Day and others. Recordings he contributed to earned a Grammy Award (Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Lay Your Burden Down”) and an Oscar nomination (Dr. John’s “Down In New Orleans” from ‘The Princess and the Frog’). He has taped two appearances for the HBO series “Treme” and played as honored guests on Saints owner Tom Benson’s float in the post-Super Bowl Mardi Gras parade. Through all of this, Andrews has had “the presence of a rock star” (New York Times) and has built his reputation on “blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge” (USA Today) live performances.

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