THE ICON: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
THE LEGACY: They called him Shorty, and for good reason: Because Troy Andrews measured somewhere around 3-foot-nothing when he picked up the trombone at 4 years old — the same year he debuted onstage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, accompanying none other than Bo Diddley. In the two decades since, he has become one of the most recognizable, and celebrated, young musicians in New Orleans. They still call him Shorty, but musically he stands at least as tall as any other horn man in town. More importantly, every time he blows, he sends a clear message that traditional New Orleans music will be around, and funking things up, for the foreseeable future.
THE ARTIST: Jessica Strahan, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “The stars to me when I was growing up was Rebirth and Tuba Fats and Preservation Hall and the Neville Brothers and Dr. John. Those were the big people for me, and still are. Those were my heroes. I didn’t even know that it got any bigger than Dr. John and the Neville Brothers, besides Michael Jackson. Everything for me was all New Orleans.” — Trombone Shorty