Tracy was first introduced to musical instruments at the age of 5. He began playing the trumpet at age 7. He played his entire high school years as a member of the Saint Augustine Marching 100 and Concert and Jazz Bands. Tracy received his B.A.M. degree from Xavier University. He studied with the late John Fernandez, James Oakes and Malcolm Breda.
(1972-1975) Tracy performed on his first recording with Emmanuel Morris and the Velvet Funk Orchestra. He began performing with King Floyd, Jean Knight and Ernie K-Doe. He has also recorded and performed several times with Eddie Bo and Wardell Quezerque. He has also played with the bands Cool Enterprise, The Bold Souls and formed his own band Trac-One.
(1975-1995) Tracy performed with Archie Bell and the Drells, B.B. King, George Duke, The Four Tops, the O’Jays, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and the Dells. He was a regular player with The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra, A Taste of New Orleans featuring Wanda Rouzan and David Lastie, Marva Wright, George Porter and Runnin’ Pardners, the late Juanita Brooks and Allen Toussaint. The mid 90’s also gave opportunity to perform with fellow Marva Wright bandmate – Marc Adams. The duo formed “The Adams/Griffin Project” and recorded their debut CD “Choices”. This partnership allowed both men to experiment and perform their own compositions giving way to solo CD projects individually. In 1999, He recorded his debut solo CD “Grace”. Having recorded more than 50 music and video projects to date, there is no doubt a legacy that has flourished in blessings.
Today, Tracy is still active with Allen Toussaint, Wanda Rouzan, Jimmy Maxwell, George Porter, just to name a few. He also performs occasionally with Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville and the Uptown Allstars, and New Orleans Piano great John Autin
Tracy joined the Vieux Carré Band in 1995. Tracy plays the trumpet and sings lead and back-up vocals.
Some the national acts Tracy has played with include, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Dr John, Mary Mary, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmie Buffet, Paul Simon, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Lenny Kravitz, Gino Vanelli and most recently, acted and performed in the final episode of the HBO series “Treme” along side of a host of previously mentioned New Orleans R&B stars and actor Wendell Pierce. Most recently, recording and performing with TV star Hugh Laurie on his debut recording “All These Things” he is still going strong.