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Trombone Shorty
Publication Information:
Pine Plains, NY : Live Oak Media, [2017]



Physical Description:
1 audio disc (33 min., 25 sec.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm)
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Title from disc label.

Accompanying book originally published: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Caldecott Honor award, 2016

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner, 2016
Track 1. Narration with page turn signals (13:29) -- Track 2. Narration with no page turn signals (13:13) -- Track 3. Author's note & Illustrator's note (6:43).
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Book 781.65 AND 1 .CIRCNOTE. *****CD INCLUDED*****

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The stunning story and exquisite illustrations in this Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning book can now be savored along with Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews reading the words and playing his trumpet in this readalong that will transport readers to New Orleans and beyond!

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Based on the Caldecott Honor title, this program centers on Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. As a young boy growing up in New Orleans, he was immersed in music and determined to create it, despite the challenges posed by age and lack of money and equipment. Andrews had his own band by the time he was six, and he earned his nickname from a used trombone that was taller than him. This gifted musician has gone on to an impressive career. Told in the first person and aptly narrated by Arnell Powell's rich voice, this genial presentation includes lively background trombone music. An author's note provides additional information. Bryan Collier's glorious, rich, in-depth illustrations are lightly animated. The animations vary in quality-sometimes creating a perfect mood and other times unnecessarily taking away from the visuals. Nevertheless, this is a joyous homage to cultural roots and to the importance of following and achieving dreams and encouraging those who come after you. VERDICT A solid choice for any program serving children.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The streets of New Orleans are filled with music, and so is the house of Troy Andrews, who narrates the story of his growth into the musician known as Trombone Shorty. Troy dreams of having his own band, and when he finds a battered trombone, he knows he's on his way: "It didn't sound perfect, but finally with a real instrument in my hand, I was ready to play." He brings it to a Bo Diddley concert, and Diddley brings him onstage. Andrews shares the culture of Tremé, his New Orleans neighborhood, punctuating his story's high moments with the traditional greeting-"Where y'at?" Collier's (My Country 'Tis of Thee) collaged illustrations give the story even more joyful power. He paints sound with sunbursts of color, the fragrance of gumbo with misty swirls, and Troy's dreams about the future with bubbles that rise from his bed as he sleeps with his arm around his trombone. If a fairy tale were set in New Orleans, this is how it would read. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Apr.)? © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In New Orleans parlance, Where yat? means hello. As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on his younger years: growing up in Treme, a neighborhood of New Orleans known for its close-knit community and commitment to music; making his own instruments before acquiring and learning to play the trombone; practicing constantly; appearing onstage with Bo Diddley; and finally forming his own successful band. Colliers 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. Strong vertical lines burst from his trombone like powerful sounds, while circular shapes float through the pages like background harmonies spilling out of homes and businesses. Hot colors reflect the New Orleans climate, while serene blues are as cool as the music Trombone Shorty produces. An authors note adds detail to the text; two accompanying photographs of Andrews as a child reinforce the storys authenticity. Collier discusses his artistic symbolism in an illustrators note. Read this one aloud to capture the sounds and sights of Trombone Shortys New Orleans. betty carter(c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

An autobiographical tale of a young man who started making "musical gumbo" at age 4. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews relates how he grew up in Trem in New Orleans, American's oldest black neighborhood, where he heard music everywhere. Young Troy admires his big brother's trumpet playing and makes music without instruments with his friends. After finding a discarded trombone, the little boy teaches himself to play. Troy narrates: "I was so small that sometimes I fell right overbecause it was so heavy." (Despite Collier's illustrations of young "Shorty," nothing prepares readers for his size in the parade photograph in the backmatter.) When Bo Diddley hears him playing in the crowd at the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival, the jazz great invites him to the stage. An author's note explains that Troy started a band at age 6 and joined Lenny Kravitz's band at 19. Trombone Shorty Orleans Avenue, his band, tours the world, and Troy shares New Orleans music and culture through his foundation and music academy. Employing his unmistakable mixed-media collage images, Collier portrays the story of this living legend with energy and style, making visible the swirling sounds of jazz. 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. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In this contemporary autobiography, Andrews pays tribute to the New Orleans neighborhood of Tremé and the culture and community that propelled him into becoming the Grammy Award-nominated musician he is today. Like other stories of artistic achievement, this is one of determination and passion. Young Troy, nicknamed Trombone Shorty by his brother, forms a band with his friends using homemade instruments, until one day Troy finds a real trombone to call his own. But this story breaks from the motif of individualism to recognize that family, community, mentors, and friends are always part of life's journey. It reminds young readers particularly boys of color that they can follow their dreams and lean on people who will nurture and guide them. Andrews' journey is perfectly complemented by Collier's illustrations. 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. The author's note fills in the gaps in the story and reaffirms the importance of people and place. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Trombone Shorty Foundation.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2015 Booklist