Troy Andrews (born January 2, 1986), also known by the stage name Trombone Shorty, is an American musician, producer, actor and philanthropist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also plays drums, organ, and tuba. He has worked with some of the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz, funk, and hip hop. Andrews is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews and the grandson of singer and songwriter Jessie Hill. Other musical family members are cousins Glen David Andrews and the late Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill. Andrews began playing trombone at age four, and since 2009 has toured with his own band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Troy Andrews was born in New Orleans and grew up in the Tremé neighborhood. Troy graduated in 2004 from Warren Easton High School. At the age of 4, he appeared onstage with Bo Diddley at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He participated in brass band parades as a child, becoming a bandleader by the age of six. In his teens, he was a member of the Stooges Brass Band. He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) along with fellow musician Jon Batiste.