Leroy Jones


” Leroy Jones, the hometown trumpeter most

deserving of wider acclaim -- " Larry Blumenfeld /
Village Voice
" -- Through it all, this CD [Sweeter Than A Summer
Breeze] is one of the most enjoyable listening
experiences I've had in a long time. I have no
doubt that this CD will become one of the few that
will withstand the test of time. Leroy Jones, still
my hero. -- " Terence Blanchard
" -- an evening of music certainly of a caliber with
an evening spent with Clark Terry about 15 years
ago, and with Dizzy Gillespie about 20 years ago,
when we lived in NYC. -- " Joel Poznansky
" -- If any combo active today provides assurance
that the New Orleans jazz tradition will renew
itself with each emerging generation, it is the
quintet under the leadership of the brilliant
Crescent City trumpet and flugelhorn player Leroy
Jones. -- " W. Royal Stokes
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The legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones is known to music lovers as the
 "keeper of the flame" for traditional
New Orleans jazz and to critics as one of the top musicians ever
 produced by the Crescent City.
"The mission of the Leroy Jones Quintet is to expose audiences
everywhere to the authentic music of New Orleans,
the music of Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Danny Barker and all
 the other greats who have helped create the rich
gumbo that is the sound of New Orleans," he says, "while putting
 our own more modern stamp on it."
Jones himself, a native of New Orleans, whose playing has been
described as a blend of Louis Armstrong and bebop
virtuoso Clifford Brown, has been a critical figure in the history of New Orleans music.
A member of the New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame, he was leader at the
tender age of 12, of the seminal Fairview
Band, a brass band whose alumni have included some of the
best known musicians in New Orleans. It was the
Fairview Brass Band which is widely credited with restoring
interest in the brass band tradition of New Orleans.
Today, in fact, New Orleans has more brass bands performing
than at any time in the city's history – an achievement
that can be traced back directly to the Fairview Band and
its successor the Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Brand.
A regular at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and a featured
performer in the Harry Connick Orchestra, where his
playing and singing have made him a crowd favorite, Leroy has
performed on every continent and in every major
U.S. city at prestigious theaters, festivals and jazz clubs like
the Village Vanguard in New York City. His television
appearances include The Tonight Show, Good Morning America,
Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show,
Arsenio Hall, Conan O'Brien and Oprah Winfrey. He is also a
regular at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival, as well as French Quarter Fest and the Satchmo Summerfest.
He has also appeared on the soundtrack of the smash hit movie
"Sleepless in Seattle" starring actor Tom Hanks.
Leroy has released a series of highly regarded CDs including
"Props for Pops" his tribute to Louis Armstrong, "Back
to My Roots," "Mo' Cream from the Crop", "Soft Shoe" and
"Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze". He has appeared on
numerous recordings with other artists such as Dr. John,
the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anders Osborne, Chuck
Carbo, Spirit of New Orleans, John Boutté, Lillian Boutté,
Paul Sanchez, Danish Radio Big Band, Guillaume Nouaux
and many, more others.
"The Leroy Jones Quintet sound sums up all those great
experiences and influences," says Leroy, "and gives me a
chance each night to make sure that the great music of
New Orleans is performed authentically and with great
respect for the artists who came before me. Not in an old-fashioned way,
 but with a modern swing that comes from
my love of bebop and other forms of modern jazz."
A typical set list for the Leroy Jones Quintet includes
traditional numbers like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Sleepy Time
Down South," "Basin Street Blues,"
"Do You Know What it Means (to Miss New Orleans)," "Dinah" and "When My
Dreamboat Comes Home" along with his own compositions like "Soft Shoe"
that are played and sung impeccably by
Jones with the kind of swing that only a musician with his pedigree can
deliver consistently night after night.
Traditional New Orleans Jazz with a 21st Century Flavor
Katja Toivola | 1227 Ursulines Avenue | New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 | Tel: +1 504 432 3286
E-mail: KatjaToivola@gmail.com | www.spiritofneworleans.com
Leroy Jones

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