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American Routes: Trombone Shorty

Jun 16, 2017
Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty Foundation

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week we talk to New Orleans senior statesmen Trombone Shorty, who began playing music in Treme at age four. Trombone Shorty chose to be a musical journeyman instead of seeking to attend the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Since then, the 31-year-old has brought his distinctive style of New Orleans music all over the world.

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When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes.