Best Local Prodigy: Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty has played the instrument of his name since he before he was the size of it. Beyond his hometown cred, intense talent and crossover potential Shorty is remarkable for his ability to circle breathe, a technique that allows the 28 year-old to hold a note for an eerily long time. Closing out Jazz Fest’s main stage on its final day, Trombone Shorty held a majestic one – at times quiet, at times blaring – for at least 60 seconds. Oh, and he can also play trombone and trumpet from two different corners of his mouth. You know, no big deal.