New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of 6, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.
He fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together they have toured the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil.
Trombone Shorty will play the main stage at the 2017 Saturday in the Park music festival in Sioux City.
In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated “Backatown,” followed by “For True” in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His third album, “Say That to Say This,” was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.
Trombone Shorty’s credits run deep. He appeared on stage at age 4 with Bo Diddley at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Ever since, he’s appeared on countless albums with scores of legends of rock, jazz, blues and more.
Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO’s “Treme,” and has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” He’s appeared in multiple television shows, and in 2014 was interviewed by the Foo Fighters on their show Sonic Highways on HBO.
In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. And he’s performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert at the Grammy’s.
That same year, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.
This summer Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are the opening act for the North American leg of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour.
An this February, he was signed to the Blue Note Records label. His Blue Note debut, Parking Lot Symphony, is slated for release on April 28.