The Heinz Family Foundation today named Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews the recipient of the prestigious 21 st Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category in recognition of his achievements as a musician and for his community work to protect and pass on to younger generations the rich musical heritage of New Orleans.
In announcing the awards, Teresa Heinz said, “Troy Andrews is extraordinary not only as a talented and innovative musician but as a man who shares his talents and enthusiasm to preserve the rich musical legacy of New Orleans and the wellbeing of his hometown. His joy and enthusiasm are contagious and his commitment to his community is exemplary. Mr. Andrews instills his love of music among New Orleans youth, and with children and adults around the world who have been moved by his unique and uplifting fusion of many different musical genres.”
Established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, the Awards celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him: Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. The other award winners include an environment and energy policy innovator; a pediatrician pioneering the treatment of toxic stress in children; a civil rights attorney, advocate, and author leading the national dialogue on mass incarceration; and an entrepreneur who is helping to democratize online publishing.
Full details on the Heinz Foundation and the awards available here.