• Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • Price: $17.95
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10
  • ISBN: 1-4197-1465-1
  • EAN: 9781419714658
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All
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A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner
Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.


"This well-told and exquisitely illustrated story of a musician with a steep career trajectory will inspire young readers to pursue their passions, despite the challenges."
Kirkus Reviews
"If a fairy tale were set in New Orleans, this is how it would read."
Publishers Weekly
"Sharp panels of color and image, perspective that dips and soars, and layers of mixed-media collage unite to feel like renditions of brass band music itself."
— Amina Chaudhri, Booklist
"[T]his work will make for fun and thoughtful story sharing. A must-have."
— Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA, School Library Journal
"Collier’s expressive watercolor collages layer and texture each page, creating a mix of images that echo the combination of styles Andrews uses to create his own “musical gumbo'...Read this one aloud to capture the sounds and sights of Trombone Shorty’s New Orleans."
The Horn Book Magazine
"The storytelling is imbued with a touch of storybook glamour and generous humor...Collier’s vibrant mixed-media illustrations ably complement the text with a skillful melding of paint and photo collage that underscore the “gumbo” of street sounds and musical styles that influence Andrews’ works."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


About the author

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is an internationally renowned trombone and trumpet player who leads his band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. He lives in New Orleans.
Bryan Collier is an acclaimed illustrator who has won three Caldecott Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. He lives in Upstate New York.