Leroy Jones Jazz Quintet
Heavily influenced by the New Orleans jazz tradition, Leroy Jones has honored his rich heritage while seeking to expand his musical repertoire. He took up trumpet when he joined his elementary school's band. At 13, he joined guitarist Danny Barker's Fairview Baptist Brass Band, who also taught Jones privately. He spend four years in the city's popular St. Augustine High School Band. After graduating, he formed the Hurricane Brass Band, which along with the Fairview Band, provided talent for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He toured Canada with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and joined Della Reese, leading to international concert tours that eventually resulted in Jones performing in Southeast Asia for a three-year stretch. Recruited by Harry Connick, Jr. for his big band, Jones was Connick's opening act during his 1994 tour. He finally debuted to critical acclaim as a leader in 1995 with his CD Mo' Cream From the Crop. - Ken Dryden, All-Music Guide
In 1996, Leroy once againa ssembled a terrific band. this time, Leroy's album would be in dedication to the ultimate New Orleans jazz trumpeter Louis "Pops" Armstrong. In a guest appearance, Harry Connick, Jr. joined in on two of the tracks. The CD included ten classic Armstrong tunes and four new compositions by Jones.
In 1999, Leroy played trumpet on Connick's latest, Come by Me. Leroy is currently touring with Connick in pormotion of that album. Connick's band played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1999. Leroy had his own set during the festival as well. Leroy's set featured Craig Klein, Benny Wolf, Arthur Latin and Glen Patcha.
In addition to his national and international appearances with other musicians, Leroy holds his own court regularly at Preservation Hall, Palm Court Cafe and Donna's Bar and Grill.