Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is today's standard bearer for New Orleans music heritage. His music is s mix of jazz, R & B and New Orleans party music. He was born Jan. 2, 1986 in New Orleans. His older brother James Andrews is a jazz trumpeter. Their grandfather Jessie Hill had a hit single with Ooh Poo Pah Doo in 1962. Shorty's main instrument is trombone but he also plays trumpet and other instruments. He went to high school at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts whose graduates include Harry Connick Jr and Nicholas Payton. Beginning in 2001, Shorty released several CDs independently until he signed with Verve Records. Backatown was his Verve debut CD in 2010. Shorty plays trumpet on Hurricane Season which is one of his signature songs. Since then, Shorty has become one of Verve's best selling artists. His latest CD Say That To Say This was released in 2013 and topped the jazz charts. Trombone Shorty's music is not for jazz purists. He draws on his musical heritage to create a mix of all kinds of music including jazz. Trombone Shorty refuses to be put in a musical box. He recently appeared on the Foo Fighters HBO series Sonic Highways. Trombone Shorty is currently on tour. I saw him a couple of years ago and you should check him out if he's coming your way. Here's Trombone Shorty performing Hurricane Season at the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.