Born: February 20, 1958 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Leroy Jones - trumpet
Born in New Orleans on February 20th, 1958, Leroy began studying the trumpet at age 10, in school band. By the time he was 13 years old, he was already playing gigs and leading Danny Barker's young Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. The Fairview Band performed at church events, Social & Pleasure Club events, Funerals, and Second Line Parades all over the city of New Orleans. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute Festival of Culture & Folklore. The Fairview band later evolved into the Hurricane Brass Band, which became the seed of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Leroy Jones was a significant figure amongst the new breed of aspiring young musicians participating in Barker's renaissance of New Orleans brass bands. After a very brief stint in the Jazz Studies Program at Loyola University's Conservatory of Music, Jones joined the musicians union and went on to pursue his career as a professional musician. He has played with nearly all the famous jazz bands in town, and has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.
The past decade Jones has been a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, performed on numerous recordings with various artists, leads one of the Preservation Hall Jazz Bands and has several critically acclaimed solo releases, Mo' Cream From The Crop and Props for Pops on the Sony/Columbia label and the two most recent being Soft Shoe and Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze. Jones continues to travel and record the world over.
Leroy Jones Quintet
The Leroy Jones Quintet was formed during the 1980s. But the band's first real international exposure came when it was the opening act for Harry Connick, Jr.'s She tour. The Quintet has toured the United States, Canada, South America and Australia. After releasing two critically acclaimed recordings on the Columbia label, the band toured on it's own, performing at festivals and club dates throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has appeared on NBC's Tonight Show. The quintet has also made numerous appearances at the Louisiana Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The Leroy Jones Quintet performs an energetic swing style that encompasses both old and new jazz idioms.
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With a new romantic CD, Leroy Jones and his trumpet are in tune like never before. Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune - Lagniappe 4/13/2009
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The gracefulness of the arrangements contributes in a profound way to the success of this homogeneous and balanced CD, rendering justice to a musician who has been able to give New Orleans music a flair of modernity. Jacques Aboucaya, Jazz Magazine (France) 3/2009