Trombone Shorty and Bryan Collier wrap up Midwinter Meeting with Music and Discussion

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/10/2014

Contact:

Amy McGuigan

Conference Events Manager

Conference Services

American Library Association

amcguigan@ala.org

CHICAGO -- Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will get attendees on their feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. His energetic music at the Wrap Up/Rev Up performance, 2 - 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 will be followed by a conversation with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier. Andrews and Collier will discuss their collaboration on "Trombone Shorty," a lively picture book autobiography that shows how Andrews followed his dream of becoming a musician and succeeded despite the odds. (April 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers.)

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age 6 and today he headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest. Acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier worked with Andrews to create his picture book autobiography that takes readers from his early dreams to international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music. Collier has won three Caldecott Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards.

Attendees can start Wrap Up/Rev Up celebrations any time on Monday in the Exhibit Hall with discount sales and special giveaways in exhibitors’ booths. Prizes including a free registration for 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco will be given away after the performance (attendees must be present to win).

Shorty and Collier’s appearance is sponsored by Abrams Books for Young Readers.

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