February 2, 2016

Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 1:05 am by suebe2

Trombone Shorty
by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
illustrated by Bryan Collier
Abrams Books

Where y’at? Where Trombone Shorty grew up in New Orleans, that means hello.  Just like that greeting, Trombone Shorty is New Orleans through and through.

He grew up in a neighborhood called Tremé.  It is the kind of place where you can hear music day and night.  Often, where he heard it was right at home because his big brother James played trumpet in his very own band. Trombone Shorty loved the Mardi Gras Parade full of brass bands.  He loved hearing the musicians call out to each other “Where y’at?”  All day long he’d watch the parade go past his house as the neighbors danced along.

Trombone Shorty and his friends wanted to be part of this but they didn’t have the money for instruments.  This didn’t stop them. They made their own. He even rescued a broken down trombone. The next time the parade came by, he joined in and his brother called out “Trombone Shorty, where y’at?” The trombone was longer than he was tall and, although he grew taller than his instrument, the nickname stuck.

Before long, Trombone Shorty was teaching himself the songs his brother played. When he got to hear Bo Diddley at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he played along.  Bo Diddley called out.  Not that he wanted Trombone Shorty to stop.  Instead he invited him up on stage.

Before long Trombone Shorty was playing in his brother’s band.  Now he has his own band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Trombone Shorty may not be a writer but his passion and enthusiasm come through in this book that won the Corretta Scott King award for illustration in 2016.  It was also an honor book for the Caldecott medal.  Bryan Collier’s illustrations bring the story to life, combing watercolor and collage much as the music of New Orleans creates a variety of flavors to create a unique sound.

This picture book wouldn’t be my first choice for a preschooler but an elementary age music love would quickly be immersed in the experience.   Add it to your bookshelf today.

–SueBE

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