The Trombone Shorty Foundation proudly announces that its flagship music education program, the Trombone Shorty Academy, has now taken residence at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, the education and community facility of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
Currently in its fifth year, the Trombone Shorty Academy perpetuates the musical heritage of New Orleans by teaching local high school students homegrown New Orleans music—from brass band and traditional jazz to more modern funk and rhythm & blues styles, all of which play an integral role in the richness and depth of New Orleans’ musical legacy.
“We have come home,” says foundation founder and namesake Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews of the partnership. “Treme has always been the heart and soul of our city’s music, and it’s where I grew up and learned to play. I am so honored to be working with the Jazz & Heritage Foundation here in my neighborhood.”
The Trombone Shorty Academy will increase the educational offerings at the new Jazz & Heritage Center, which is also the home of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, of which Andrews is a graduate.
All high school students with a sincere interest in broadening their musical horizons are encouraged to join the academy, which will host its first class of the spring semester on Monday evening, January 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes will continue every Monday night for the remainder of the school year, culminating with a live performance with Trombone Shorty at Shorty Fest, the foundation’s annual fundraiser on May 4 at the House of Blues (during Jazz Fest).
Academy students receive instruction from accomplished and respected New Orleans musicians, all of whom started out playing in their schools’ marching bands—Erion Williams and Julian Gosin from the Soul Rebels, Jenard Andrews from the New Breed Brass Band, and Edward Lee, the leader of MainLine.
Alongside Trombone Shorty, they are helping to nurture the future of the New Orleans’ musical culture.
“We have watched Trombone Shorty start out on the neighborhood streets and grow into the headliner of our festival,” says New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Executive Director Don Marshall. “We are honored to host his program at our facility to educate what will certainly become the next generation of Jazz Fest performers.”
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