It has been another banner month for Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Back just this week from a session at the Red Bull Studios in New York City where he served as musical director for the Original Pinettes Brass Band‘s (the 2013 Red Bull “Street Queens”) first major recording there, he was also the focus of a special that aired yesterday, December 17, on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer.
This time though, the television cameras were not capturing Shorty’s superstar moves or powerhouse horns. Instead, ABC traveled to New Orleans to follow Andrews and members of his Friends of Shorty Foundation around some of their music education sessions. Teachers and students alike are interviewed about their experiences in the program. Several discuss how they think the foundation’s music education program changes both the students’ and the teachers’ lives. The broadcast covers classroom epiphanies, touch moments and one of the youth band’s first concerts.
Read a recap of Tuesday’s special on ABC’s online blog here. Or watch the re-play video below.
Catch Trombone Shorty live in concert, back home in New Orleans, this Saturday, December 21 at House of Blues at 9 p.m. with the Original Pinettes Brass Band for their “Back from Red Bull Studios” performance together. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $40.
Trombone Shorty also performs next Monday, December 23, at House of Blues at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Home for the Holidays fundraiser concert with other Andrews family members, Irma Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Shamarr Allen, Eric Lindell, John Michael and more. Doors are at 6 p.m. and tickets are $37 general admission or $127 fundraiser patron with VIP access. More Info Here.
The Pinettes also perform this Thursday, December 19, at Tipitina’s at 9 p.m. with rising New Orleans soul-funk band, Tank and the Bangas, for their debut album release show. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. More Info Here.