August 3, 2014 in Nation/World

People: Musician replaces boy’s stolen trombone

From Wire Reports
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Trombone Shorty performs Saturday at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. The historic event was the first outdoor jazz festival.
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A 14-year-old boy whose trombone was stolen at gunpoint has a new one thanks to musician Troy Andrews, much better known as Trombone Shorty. Bill Taylor, executive director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, said he delivered the instrument, which is engraved with the name “Trombone Shorty,” on Saturday.

“He was like speechless. And I got Troy on the phone. As soon as I gave him the horn I had Shorty on the line and gave him the phone,” Taylor said.

The foundation didn’t release the boy’s name. The mother accepted the offer of the new trombone after receiving assurances that the boy’s name wouldn’t be released, because she feared for his safety.

He was walking home from band practice Thursday night in the middle-class neighborhood around his New Orleans school when a gunman jumped from a van and grabbed his shirt, demanding his trombone, police said. The boy yanked himself away and ran, but dropped the instrument when he heard gunshots.

The trombone was delivered before Andrews went on stage Saturday at the Newport Jazz Festival, Taylor said.

RFK Jr., actress Hines tie the knot

Robert Kennedy Jr. and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines are now husband and wife. The couple married Saturday before family and friends gathered at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

The 60-year-old Robert Kennedy is an environmental lawyer and activist who lives in New York. He is son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. It is his third marriage.

The 48-year-old Hines has been nominated twice for Emmys for her role playing Larry David’s wife on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” David was among those attending the wedding.

The birthday bunch

Singer Tony Bennett is 88. Actor Martin Sheen is 74. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 73. Actor Jay North (“Dennis the Menace”) is 63. Actor John C. McGinley is 55. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 51. Actor Isaiah Washington is 51. Rock musician Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) is 44. Hip-hop artist Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa) is 43. NFL quarterback Tom Brady is 37. Actress Evangeline Lilly is 35.

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