b. 3 March 1957, New York City, New York, USA. Trowers was born into a very musical Brooklyn, New York-based family. His father played guitar, his mother piano and it was on this instrument that he started out. He then tried the viola but it was when he took up the trombone, at the age of 15, that he became seriously intent on a career in music. Throughout the second half of the 70s, he studied at CCNY, at the same time gaining valuable experience with various rehearsal bands. He played professionally with bands led by Ray Draper, Jaki Byard, Abdullah Ibrahim (touring Europe with him in 1979), and Cecil Payne. In 1982 he joined Lionel Hampton’s band, remaining there for more than three years. He was briefly with Sam Wooding’s reconstituted band, then in 1986 joined Illinois Jacquet’s big band and was also active in New York as a science teacher within the city’s school system. In mid-summer of the following year, he was hired by Frank Foster who was leading the revived Count Basie band.
Trowers was with this band for eight years, recording Live At El Morocco in 1992, before moving into Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis’ Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and Randy Weston’s African Rhythms, among a number of varied groups. In addition to recording under his own name, Trowers has also backed other artists, including Susannah McCorkle, and Jesse Davis both for Concord Records. In the late 90s Trowers was again active in schools, this time teaching music as a member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. A polished performer, with exceptional abilities as a strong section voice, Trowers is a valuable addition to the growing line of trombonists playing in the continuing mainstream and post-bop traditions.