We didn't know music had all these names. We made up SupaFunkRock on a plane when a flight attendant asked us what we play.

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

Profession: Musician
Nationality: American

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New Orleans is like a big musical gumbo. The sound I have is from being in the city my whole life.

I'm big fans of all those musicians, B.B. King, Mick Jagger - they're all on my iPod.

It's like drinking water. You have to have water every day, and music is like water for me.

I wanted to become a better entertainer, and I learned from my brother James Andrews. And I've been studying some tape of James Brown and different people.

I'm always trying to emulate guitar. Especially when I'm playing the trombone, that's what I think about. Like, I listen to guitar players every day: Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, different people. And I'm always trying to find out a way how I can get my trombone to sound like that.

People get caught up in recreating something, and that actually hurts the genre of music because there's nothing new.

Music brings unity.

I was given a horn at an early age. I never really got a chance to think about doing anything else until I was about 18, when I realized I could do something else if I wanted to. In my teens, I was rolling in it.

I was listening to Ministry and Garth Brooks and Charlie Pride and Wynton Marsalis, and then I would listen to Juvenile or Lil Wayne. It's just that I'm a big fan of music. I'm a student of music. And I just want to learn and keep enhancing my education about the music.

It was just music all day... My neighbors were musicians, and my brother and my family and everybody... It was just a musical neighborhood. I think the neighborhood was such a good family type of vibe for me that I didn't even realize some of the people weren't my real family till later on in life.

I was nurtured to play music pretty much from birth.

When I was a kid, my friends and I formed a band, Trombone Shorty's Brass Band. When I was six, I was a bandleader for my brother's band.

My grandfather influenced my brother, and my brother was my biggest influence.

At the end of the day, I'm a New Orleans musician. Whatever that means.