Help Trombone Shorty!

No, he’s not in the hospital or facing some other problem, he’s trying to get 10,000 “likes” on his Facebook page.

Simply click “like” on his Facebook page and spread the word to get a free mp3 download. Plus, the more times you share the page the more points you get which you can redeem for swag like a video chat, signed CDs, t-shirts and more.

This campaign is in advance of the release of his latest recording, For True, which comes out September 13, 2011. The album was produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and features guest performances by Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi, and Warren Haynes among others.

Here’s a little tidbit about Troy from my upcoming book about New Orleans music in the 1980s and 1990s. Trombone Shorty was four when Danny Barker died and I had just started writing for the Louisiana Weekly. Barker was a major figure in the revival of the brass band scene and I was personally affected by his death. So I was having a hard time writing a standard obituary.

I decided to just interview people and musicians that were associated with Barker and string their comments together to create the story. I concluded my obituary with Troy’s comment because it was so profound. The four-year-old musician said to me, “If you knew Mr. Barker, you knew jazz.”

(photo of Trombone Shorty and Bo DIddley by Michael P. Smith-all rights reserved)

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