Name: Trombone Shorty
Profession: Producer & Author, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/The Trombone Shorty Foundation & Music Academy
Something about New Orleans that always puts you in a good mood: I love that even people who aren’t musicians have music in their souls. People say hello to you and it sounds like they’re singing your name, or putting some rhythm on it. It’s just a different vibe than any other place I’ve ever been.
Describe your charitable work or favorite cause: My foundation is very close to my heart, because there’s an unspoken tradition in New Orleans of passing down knowledge. Older musicians taught me what influenced them, right out in the street. I just thought that it was right for me to do the same thing for the next generation. I want these kids to take our music to another level and keep the legacy of New Orleans alive.
What do you think makes New Orleans a resilient city? People here are strong. Something inside us that gets passed down across the generations. When this is all over, we’ll have a new appreciation for that strength, and we will celebrate.
How has the pandemic impacted you on a personal level? The quiet is the strangest thing to me; it’s eerie. For a city that thrives on music—not just clubs and concerts and festivals, but a horn player on the corner or a brass band marching up the street—now you hear less of that. That's the thing that hits me the hardest.
Favorite walk: Armstrong Park
Favorite movie of all time: I Got The Hook Up—so much fun, and the soundtrack is great
Best book you've read in the past year: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Favorite place to listen to music: Tipitina’s
An organization you’ve supported during the pandemic: Roots of Music
A local business you’ve supported: Sassafras Creole Kitchen
Interviews have been edited and condensed.
This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.