Trombone Shorty on Tavis Smiley 2010

Keeping with this week’s string of interviews from talk show host Tavis Smiley’s archive here is a cool 201o talk with the very hip trombonist and trumpeter Trombone Shorty. The New Orleans native talks a little bit about wanting to be both a Jazz musician and an entertainer like Louis Armstrong:

“Well, I mean, just being in New Orleans, you’ve got people from Louis Armstrong that was an entertainer and I try to follow that. You know, just follow that plan hard and I just get bored by myself when I’m up there playing all this. So I just wanted to become an entertainer all around, singing, dancing, whatever, getting the crowd involved. You know, it’s just that thing. It’s just part of the city and what we do and taking that from Louis Armstrong.”

— Peter Blasevick