Little Kids Rock to Honor Trombone Shorty at 10th Annual Benefit Event

Trombone Shorty
Mathieu Bitton

Trombone Shorty

Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit focused on restoring, expanding and innovating music education in schools across the U.S., announced Tuesday (July 17) that New Orleans' own Trombone Shorty will be an honoree and headliner at the organization's 10th annual benefit event this fall.

This year's benefit will be held at New York City's Playstation Theater on Nov. 8. Previous years’ honorees include Lady Gaga, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller and more.

Trombone Shorty is a 2011 Grammy nominee for his album Backatown (Verve) and his illustrated autobiography, Trombone Shorty, was named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. He also made his feature film debut in 2015, using his trombone to voice the iconic sound of the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie.

“Little Kids Rock’s mission is to transform kids’ lives by giving them instant access to playing the popular music that inspires them ” said David Wish, Little Kids Rock founder/CEO, in a statement. “Trombone Shorty is a testament to the power that music has to transform lives. Not only is he an amazing artist, he’s an amazing human being who wants to make sure all kids have the musical access that he did.”

The Little Kids Rock benefit has raised nearly $7 million dollars to date and has provided over 200,000 underserved students with public school music programs. The benefit event, produced by Michael Matuza and Mark Krantz Productions, supports the nonprofit's mission to build culturally-reflective music programs in public schools by teaching kids the popular music that they emotionally connect with.