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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.”
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.