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A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET: The Leroy Jones Story

There are millions of musicians in the world, but there’s only one Leroy Jones.
Jazz Studies • Ethnomusicology • African American Studies
American History • Urban Studies • American Studies
Director & Producer Cameron Washington. Producers Joe Ferrone & Ramfis Myrthil.
Featuring Leroy Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard, & Herlin Riley.
2019. 60 minutes.

In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician. A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET: The Leroy Jones Story  follows Jones's life journey as he came up playing on the streets of the Saint Bernard Projects, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA’s most sought after trumpeters, founding the legendary Fairview Baptist Brass Band and Hurricane Brass Band which lead to the revival of the brass band scene in New Orleans. Leroy Jones eventually catches the ear of Harry Connick Jr. and ends up becoming Connick’s solo trumpeter, touring and recording with the Harry Connick Big Band for over 20 years. A decade after the storm that nearly destroyed his beloved city, Jones is navigating life as both a world renowned musician and a citizen amidst a rapidly changing New Orleans.

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Reviews & Quotes

University of Miami

Professor Andrew Dykstra

"A Man and His Trumpet tells Jones’ story in a highly engaging fashion, incorporating plenty of music along with intimate commentary from Jones and his contemporaries. The film accomplishes three things. First, it showcases Jones and the reverence his fellow New Orleans musicians have for him (i.e., it gives Jones his props). Second, it documents the history of New Orleans brass band music, both introducing it to new audiences and filling in rich details for connoisseurs. What is most impressive, however, is how deft and cohesive the story stays even whilst covering diverse and sometimes difficult subject matter. Even the coverage of the Katrina levee failure, which can’t be ignored but has the potential to seriously drag down an otherwise uplifting and often humorous film, is somehow natural. All the more impressive considering this is Washington’s first full-length documentary. The Leroy Jones documentary should be in the film archives of every major university."

Tulane University

Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Curator Emeritus, Hogan Jazz Archive

“A film on Leroy Jones has got to be good because he’s one of the best jazz trumpet players on the planet.”

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