- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is no stranger to New Orleans’ music scene, having grown up inside it.

He was 4 when he learned at the knee of his R&B; artist-grandfather, Jessie Hill, and his older brother, James, a jazz trumpeter.

That experience, he says, is what he hopes to bring to students participating in the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which provides a program of music education, business instruction, mentorship and performance to high school-aged musicians.

Thursday’s media availability came as Andrews prepared to host the 4th annual Shorty Fest, a benefit concert featuring up-and-coming musicians from the Trombone Shorty Academy. One of those students, Prince Jones, a senior at St. Augustine High School, will also receive a custom trombone from Andrews.

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