Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Trombone Shorty

Not everyone knows who Trombone Shorty is, but you should if you want to know music that brings absolute joy to your soul and that appeals to a very wide audience. Call is jazz, call it funk, call it musical Gumbo, but definitely call it up to listen to it. Growing up in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, where money is short, but music is magic, Troy Andrews always had the dream of being a musician, even though his family didn't have the money to purchase an instrument. Beginning at a very young age where he and his friends made instruments out of boxes and bags, Troy was thrilled to find an old beat-up trombone which led him on the path to becoming a professional musician.

Illustrated by Bryan Collier, the book Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is an inspirational tale of hard work and making your dreams come true.  The illustrations really show the magic of New Orleans music and bring the story to life. Troy points out throughout the tale that he made his dreams come true by practicing night and day. In fact, at points he even slept with his instrument. If you have a young musician that you want to inspire to greatness, or you want to be inspired yourself, read this picture book, then listen to his music.

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