The music drifts down the street before you ever see the musicians. The music is deep, funky, and fun; some would say it can only be truly experienced in one place: New Orleans. The music of New Orleans is a palpable force -- colorful, crazy, dynamic, soulful -- and soon you join in, maybe dancing, maybe just tapping your feet, whether it be during the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations, or during the lesser-known but equally amazing New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Anyone who comes to New Orleans is affected, and if you are born there, music is truly in your blood.
It is therefore no surprise, then, that at an early age, New Orleans native Troy Andrews was into music. According to his website, in 1990 four-year-old Troy was given a horn, and began emulating musicians in his culturally-rich neighborhood of Treme. He started to play along with whoever was around. He'd even practice out on the street part of the "second line" of musical enthusiasts who followed the "first line" musicians in a parade. This autographed photo is one of the earliest showing Troy doing this very thing:
Around New Orleans, given both his proficiency with the trombone and the fact that Troy was so small compared to his instrument, earned Troy the nickname Trombone Shorty, and it stuck. Today Trombone Shorty is one of New Orleans' most acclaimed trumpet and trombone players, having even been invited to the White House in 2012 and again in 2014 to play. Aside from that honor, he played at the 2014 GRAMMYs with Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, contributing to their performance of “Same Love.”
Trombone Shorty acknowledges how music transformed his life, and has endeavored to give back to his community. A couple of years ago he created the Trombone Shorty Foundation, whose mission is to perpetuate the musical heritage of New Orleans through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance to prepare young, underserved musicians for success in music and in life.
In addition, every year around the aforementioned Jazz Fest (happening right now!), Trombone Shorty puts on a concert dubbed Shorty-Fest, benefiting the foundation’s music education programs. This year we are happy to let you know that Troy has partnered with eBay to auction some amazing musical instruments, books and other experiences, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Trombone Shorty Foundation.
First up, take a look at this Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Signed Custom Trumpet:
This is one of two custom trumpets being auctioned. In addition, you can bid on a custom trombone here.
As for experiences, Trombone Shorty fans will be psyched to bid on these VIP Tickets for 4, a Meet and Greet, and Soundcheck to a 2015 Trombone Shorty Show:
This experience sound amazing. From the listing:
"Package of 4 VIP tickets including soundcheck attendance and meet and greet with Troy Andrews at a headlining Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue concert. Show must be a Trombone Shorty headlining show. Excludes festival plays and charity events. Travel not included."
There are a number of other items available for you to bid on, including this Terrance Osborne "Evacuation Plan" Signed Print
The listing explains:
"Local artist Terrance Osborne has created unique and compelling artwork for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Nike, French Market Coffee, Coca-Cola, and the NBA, among others. His work represents and reflects the heritage of New Orleans, and this particular piece calls to mind the days leading up to the event that changed the city forever. This print is signed by the artist"
If you love Trombone Shorty, or New Orleans music in general, you should take a look at all the items available here, and happy bidding!