by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Abrams Books For Young Readers (2015)
Lots of kids have nicknames. This is the story of how Troy Andrews got his.
He grew up in Tremé, a neighborhood of New Orleans, where “any time of day or night, you could hear music floating in the air.” Troy and his friends didn’t have the money to buy musical instruments so they fashioned them out of boxes, empty bottles, pencils, and Mardi Gras beads. At the age of four, he found a broken trombone and although it didn’t sound perfect and was twice his size, he took it everywhere he went and never stopped playing.
Using pen and ink, watercolor and collage, Bryan Collier captures the sounds and flavor of New Orleans, while Troy Andrews expresses his love of music and how he was influenced and inspired by the sounds, people and food of Tremé to create his own distinct “musical gumbo.”
In 2010, Andrews created the Trombone Shorty Foundation to preserve the rich musical history of New Orleans. The foundation and Tulane University partnered to create the Trombone Shorty Music Academy which provides music and business education and mentorship to musically gifted New Orleans high school students in underserved communities pursue their dreams. www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org
“I wanted to write this book to try to inspire hope in kids who might be growing up under difficult circumstances but who also have a dream, just like I did. I’m living proof that as long as you work hard, you can make your dreams take flight.”
2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award Winner. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Trombone Shorty Foundation.