Trombone Shorty

Written by Troy Andrews

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Best for ages 4-8

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. (via Amazon)

Small Talk

Here are some conversation starters to get you and your little one talking about the book!

  1. Imagine you were at a concert, and the artist called you on stage. How would you feel? What would you perform? How do you think Troy felt when he was called on stage? 
  2. If you could perform with any artist, who would you want to perform with? 
  3. If you could play any instrument, which one would you want to play?


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You can read about jazz music too!

Check out But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer.

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician’s style. (via Amazon)

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