In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician with a sound like no other. Jones came up playing on the streets of the 7th ward and French Quarter, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA’s most sought after trumpeters, playing with the best of the best, and touring with the Harry Connick Jr. and His Orchestra for 17 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.
For over a century, New Orleans has been at the epicenter of the music world, giving the world some of the greatest musical talent that’s ever been, from Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet to Harry Connick Jr. Leroy Jones is a member of this esteemed group. Over the course of his career, which began in earnest at just 12 years old when he became the leader of the seminal Fairview Baptist Band, then the Hurricane Brass Band, Leroy amassed a local and global fan base, making him one of the most sought out Jazz musicians in the world.The film will capture the life and career of this great trumpeter, while examining what it’s like to live and work in post-Katrina New Orleans.