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Trombone Shorty's Treme Sound

New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews talks about growing up in Treme, in a new generation of jazz.

Troy Andrews performs as "Trombone Shorty" at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2008. (AP)

New Orleans is hot again, with the launch of HBO’s dramatic series “Treme.”

And one of the hottest young musicians out of the city – and out of the storied Treme neighborhood – is Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. 

His rock, funk, R&B, jazz mix is not your grandad’s New Orleans sound. But it’s moving feet and critics all over. 

His new album “Backatown” features appearances by Lenny Kravitz and Allen Toussaint. 

This Hour, On Point: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.

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Troy Andrews, a.k.a. “Trombone Shorty,” is a 24-year-old trombonist and trumpet player from New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood. His music is a mixture of jazz, rock, funk, and R&B — what he calls “Supafunkrock.” Trombone Shorty also appears on HBO’s TV drama “Treme.” His new album is “Backatown.”

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Here’s the trailer for the HBO series “Treme,” created by Eric Overmyer and David Simon of “The Wire.” It depicts the legendary New Orleans neighborhood where Trombone Shorty grew up. He has said, “This neighborhood, period, was the most influential thing in my life.” The show premiered earlier this month.

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