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Save New Orleans music and support local kids with a tax-deductable donation - every dollar makes a difference! In New Orleans, music is everywhere: the clubs, the churches, the streets, the schools, and in the air.
Through the years these traditions have been handed down from one generation to the next. At the Trombone Shorty Foundation, we proudly contribute to this time-honored tradition of passing it on. We offer students both a road map and focus to allow them to pursue their passion.
Our goal is to nurture their talent in a way that opens up the possibilities, and also provide a platform for advancement. You can about these pathways to success here.
Troy is a product of the music-rich Treme neighborhood and has been playing trombone since it was bigger than he was. Musical Inspiration: My family and my city. Memorable Moments: I love seeing kids make musical careers a reality. With all those years of memories, I may have to write a book. Asia is the glue of the Foundation, ensuring that the students get where they need to be and organizing all logistics.
Musical Inspiration: Alvin Batiste, my clarinet instructor growing up. The way he would talk to me about music was so amazing — I felt like he WAS music. My dad is also a musical inspiration, I grew up in New Orleans and to me, music is everything.
My dad encouraged me to play and take part in local culture. Now I am a part of the city. I love watching them get compliments on how good they sound, and I know how hard they worked to get there.
The best part is that it happens all the time. The Tulane graduate has lived in New Orleans sincefully immersing himself in the musical culture of the city, including stints at Preservation Hall and booking bands at venues throughout the city.
Musical Inspiration: My high school music teacher from Bobby Broom gave me the tools to become a professional musician. Also Allen Toussaint, he had the raw talent, heard what could be and invented it. Memorable Moments: When the kids got to know the Soul Rebels as instructors, I think we really turned a corner. Through that band they can really see a direct line all the way from high school marching band to world renowned, professional musicians.
The New Orleans native graduated from NOCCA in and Dillard University inand credits the city of New Orleans and his informal mentor, Troy Andrews, for his success in transitioning from being a star marching band member to a working musician. Musical Inspiration: My family is definitely my greatest inspiration.
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In New Orleans we have influences from all over the world, France, Spain, Africa — we have a gumbo and made it our own. Memorable Moments: I love the look on the students faces when they are seeing great musicians teach. It inspires them to see that they can do the same thing we are doing.
They know they can come and talk to us about anything. Saxophonist for both Soul Rebels and MainLine, Erion strives to showcase a new sound for New Orleans, by mixing multiple genres of music and stretching the form. We are in the birthplace of jazz. Jazz transcends any style of music. NOLA is always going to be on the map as the place where everything came from.
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Every week they come with different questions on how to play. A multiple Grammy award winning producer and engineer, Chris directs the Fredman Music Business Initiative, teaching the students the ins and outs of the recording industry. An adjunct professor at Tulane University, Chris has owned and managed his own recording business since Herlin Riley is an acclaimed jazz drummer and native of New Orleans.
Riley started on the drums at the age of 3 and grew up in a musical family.
After graduating college, he worked with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, performed with pianist Ahmad Jamal, and recorded with artists Dr. Riley has led lectures for percussion in the jazz studies program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and is still a regularly featured musician at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Wendell Brunious is a renowned jazz trumpeter and bandleader. Brunious was born into a Louisiana Creole family, his father was a talented trumpeter who studied at Juilliard and played with some of the local legends.
Card info. Make Donation. Asia Muhaimin Musical Director, Trombone Shorty Academy Asia is the glue of the Foundation, ensuring that the students get where they need to be and organizing all logistics. George Wilde Assistant Director, Fredman Music Business Institute The Tulane graduate has lived in New Orleans sincefully immersing himself in the musical culture of the city, including stints at Preservation Hall and booking bands at venues throughout the city.