Trombone Shorty

  • Title: Trombone Shorty
  • Author: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
  • Illustrator: Bryan Collier
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers, and imprint of Abrams
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“‘Who’s that playing out there?’ Bo Diddley asked the New Orleans crowd. It was a small child who’d been nicknamed “Trombone Shorty” because his trombone was twice as large as he was. Trombone Shorty was lifted in the air and carried through the audience until he reached the stage with Bo Diddley. He has been onstage ever since. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, where music always floated in the air, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews didn’t always have the money to buy an instrument, but he did have the dream to play music. This is the story of how he made his dream take flight. Today, Troy Andrews is a Grammy-nominated musician who tours the world with his band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. He continues to inspire hope for the next generation in New Orleans and for music lovers everywhere.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –Here is another book to add as a “mirror” much like All Because You Matter. This could be used in conjunction with a music teacher to inspire children (especially children from diverse communities) to pursue their love of music. As it is autobiographical, children can know that this is true story of someone just like them. I found this “ideas for the classroom” resource from the School Library Journal’s “The Classroom Bookshelf.”
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Bryan Collier’s illustrations are truly becoming some of my favorite, just for how much vibrancy and pattern he can pull into a single illustration. One of my favorite illustrations is the one of Trombone Shorty himself playing his trumpet in his hot air balloon, flying over New Orleans.

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