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Giant Steps: Trombone Shorty

Friday, 03 February 2017 12:48

In the world of jazz, there are artists that you see, artists that you hear and then artists that you feel. Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty is an artist that you feel. From your tapping feet, to your buckled knees,to your hips and out the top of your head.  The trombone phenom was 4 when he started marching in Mardi Gras Parades in his native New Orleans...and if you’ve ever been anywhere close to the energy of one of those parades you know that he comes from a place that is all about FEEL. He was twelve when he started touring the world.

When I saw him play for the first time it wasn’t in NOLA, it was right here in Toronto and I was struck by that feeling of quiet awe that comes with seeing someone who was born to be doing exactly what they are doing...and you get the privilege of witness it.  Grammys, Whitehouse performances,  accolades, gigs with the biggest name in pop, hip hop, jazz, funk and beyond are just part of his story. He isn’t quite 30 and already he’s paying it forward --recognizing the history of the music he loves and telling the stories of the ones who came before him (Louis, Donald Harrison, The Marsalis clan)he’s doing it all through not only his music but his Trombone Shorty Foundation. It’s one thing to make it’s another to lift as you rise.

Happy Mardi Gras, Trombone Shorty.

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