Leroy Jones Band - Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
The trumpeter visits Edinburgh after appearances in TV drama Treme
This article is from 2011.
‘I was in an episode two weeks ago with my local quintet. I was performing one of my original compositions for about a minute and twenty seconds.’ Bandleader and trumpeter Leroy Jones is bubbling with pride over his recent appearance in an episode of Treme, the new New Orleans-set politics and crime drama from the makers of The Wire. ‘Yeah, it’s a pretty exciting scene, we are doing one of my tunes and we got to trade fours and play out which is a lot of fun.’ Jones chuckles easily, charmingly balancing jazz phrenology with easy grace.
Jones, a veteran, if that is the right word, of the south’s swing, bebop and jazz scenes, has performed with everyone from Dr John to Harry Connick Jr. Now in his early 50s he is returning to the Jazz & Blues Festival for the first time since 2001 to perform two very special gigs. On the Friday night he will be doing what he refers to as his ‘performance rabbit piece’ when he and some of his US band (including his Swedish wife) join forces with a local rhythm section to perform some of Jones’ remarkable solo compositions. On the Saturday Jones has also agreed to take part in a Louis Armstrong tribute show alongside vocalist Todd Gordon at the Queen’s Hall.
Speaking from his humid hometown of New Orleans, Jones is looking forward to the ‘camaraderie’ of the shows; anyone who has ever seen Jones perform will know that a sense of family, nurture and education is at the root of all his performances. ‘I love to inspire and show what I know to young musicians if they are interested.’
The Spiegeltent, Fri 22 Jul, part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.