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'Trombone Shorty,' 4 Others Receive $250,000 Heinz Awards

  • Associated Press

FILE - New Orleans jazz musician Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, July 6, 2011..

FILE - New Orleans jazz musician Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, July 6, 2011..

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.

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