'Trombone Shorty,' 4 others receive $250,000 Heinz Awards

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Posted: Sep 14, 2016 9:04 AM
'Trombone Shorty,' 4 others receive $250,000 Heinz Awards

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Musician "Trombone Shorty," known for his work to preserve the musical heritage of New Orleans, is one of five people being honored Wednesday with $250,000 prizes from the Heinz Family Foundation.

The Heinz Awards recognize innovative work in the arts, environment, human condition, public policy and economics categories.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews started a foundation to provide New Orleans schools will musical instruments and a self-named music academy, where he created a music performance curriculum. He's also worked with Tulane University to provide musical training to talented high school musicians.

Other winners include Michelle Alexander, a civil rights attorney from Columbus, Ohio, who wrote the book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

The foundation was started by Teresa Heinz to honor her late husband, U.S. Sen. John Heinz.