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Tour Dates

Visit Leroy's myspace page for latest tour dates, audio clips and news!

"Soft Shoe" Available in Digital Format

"Soft Shoe" is now available in digital format. Fans can download the entire album or individual tracks at digstation.com.

Leroy's '05 release "New Orleans Brass Band Music: Memories of the Fairview & Hurricane Band" is also available in digital format.

New Album "Soft Shoe" Now Available!

Leroy's new CD, "Soft Shoe", is now available for purchase at the Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans. Check out the "Soft Shoe" cover art, album credits and liner notes here. Listen to selections from the album at myspace.com.

Leroy produces & arranges album for vocalist Noon

The new CD from jazz vocalist Noon (aka Kasumi Kawamura), "Walk With Thee In New Orleans", will be available in the USA in July 2007. Leroy Jones produced the album and wrote all of the arrangements. Backing Noon on the release, recorded in New Orleans in January 2007, were Leroy, Paul Longstreth, Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Todd Duke, Nobu Ozaki, Craig Klein, and Alonzo Bowens, along with Matt Rhody and Helen Gillet. Leroy will be headed to Japan in June '07 for several promotional appearances for the album. Check out sample audio clips here.

Leroy on Myspace

Drop by myspace.com/leroyjonesmusic to join the friend list and hear selections from the new album, "Soft Shoe."

Leroy Jones' new CD, "Soft Shoe"

Leroy's upcoming release "Soft Shoe" will include six new original compositions. Personnel includes: Leroy Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Craig Klein (trombone); Alonzo Bowens (tenor & alto sax); Paul Longstreth (piano); Anders Aarum (piano); Nobu Ozaki (bass); Mitchell Player (bass); Gerald French (drums); Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson (drums); Matt Rhody (violin); and Helen Gillet (cello). Special guests include John Boutté (vocals), Gregg Stafford (vocals) and Todd Duke (guitar). Tracklist: "Soft Shoe," "Big Beat Junction," "Flee As A Bird," "Mack The Knife," "Basin Street Blues," "Some Of These Days," "Alfie," "Shansky," "Oh Yes I Do," "Waltz For The Bride & Groom," and "Just Thinking Of You." The album will be available this spring via Louisiana Music Factory and other music outlets.

New Music!

Fans can anticipate the independent release of Leroy Jones' new CD -- titled "Soft Shoe" -- circa the first weekend of Jazz Fest. This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival runs from April 27 - May 6, 2007.

Leroy on Harry's New CD

Check out Harry Connick, Jr.'s new release, "Chanson Du Vieux Carre," due in stores on January 30, 2007. The set features Harry and his 17 piece big band in a tribute to New Orleans. In addition to trumpet duties, Leroy handles vocals on the Big Easy classic, "Bourbon Street Parade." A portion of the proceeds from album sales will go to the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village.

Concert Review

Review of Leroy Jones at The Living Room Sheraton Grande in Bangkok, Thailand - "Jones showed off his vocal talents on Pennies From Heaven although it was his blistering solo which brought a spontaneous cheer from the crowd." Read the complete review at All About Jazz.

New Music

The Spirit of New Orleans have released their latest CD, "Some Of These Days," for your listening pleasure. The album is available locally at Louisiana Music Factory, and you can also get a copy from Digelius in Helsinki. Check the SONO web site for more info!

New Web Site

Check out the latest news and info on the Spirit of New Orleans and the New Orleans Helsinki Connection bands at SpiritOfNewOrleans.com - including some post-Katrina photos from New Orleans.

Leroy to Perform at Chicago Benefit with Wilco

The "New Orleans Musician Relief Fund All Stars" will be supporting Wilco at a benefit concert in Chicago on November 1st. The "All-Stars" will feature Leroy Jones, Craig Klein, George French, Cranston Clements, Joe Krown, James Andrews, Alonzo Bowens and Brian Barberot. Read more.

Leroy to Perform at Benefit Show

Leroy Jones, Paul Longstreth, Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Mitchell Player and Lucien Barbarin are scheduled to take part in a benefit concert in Verona, NY on October 9, 2005. Get additional info here.

Hurricane Katrina Update

Leroy thanks all of his fans and friends for their thoughts and prayers. Both Leroy and Katja evacuated safely to Texas. Leroy is currently performing in Norway, and will return to Texas at the beginning of October. Additional news and tour dates will be posted here soon.

CD Review

"On this crisply executed and recorded album, Jones and his gifted crew prove that in the hands of the right musicians, these tunes can still kick." Read the full review of Leroy's latest release, "New Orleans Brass Band Music: Memories of the Fairview and Hurricane Band," at OffBeat.com.

Spirit of Louisiana

New Orleans TV station WWL has begun re-airing Leroy's 2004 "Spirit of Louisiana" ad spot during their daily newscasts. The WWL promo clip, which also features local jazz greats Tim Laughlin and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, can be viewed online at WWL's web site.

New CD!

Leroy's new CD, "New Orleans Brass Band Music - Memories of the Fairview & Hurricane Band", will be available locally on May 19, 2005 ... pick up your copy at Louisiana Music Factory, Tower Records, and other area stores.

Tour Dates

Make plans now to see Leroy performing at the New Orleans French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Jazz Ascona!

Do Lunch With Lee

Join the Arts Council of New Orleans for lunch on Thursday, March 3rd as their Harrah’s Business of Art Series features jazz trumpeter and bandleader Leroy Jones. Join the Arts Council and Leroy Jones as he talks about his career journey, the state of jazz in New Orleans, and entertains us with a few tunes! Thursday, March 3rd from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. -- Arts Council of New Orleans -- 225 Baronne St, Suite 220 -- $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Lunch provided. To RSVP, call (504) 523-1465.

New Music!

Leroy will be in the studio in March '05 to cut his latest CD, to be titled, "New Orleans Brass Band Music - Memories of the Fairview and Hurricane Band" ... more details to follow!

Big Band Dates:

West Coast fans can catch Leroy with Harry Connick, Jr.'s Big Band during a two week tour in February '05.

Far East w/ Connick:

Leroy will be joining Harry Connick, Jr. for a string of dates in Australia and Malaysia in January and February, 2005.

TV Alert:

Leroy will be joining Harry Connick, Jr. for a performance on NBC's "Today" show on Friday morning, December 17th.

In The Press:

Leroy is the subject of a feature article in the December 2004 issue of New Orleans Magazine ("Holiday Brass", by Jason Berry).

Leroy For The Holidays!

The holiday season is rapidy approaching. Pick up a copy of Leroy's "Wonderful Christmas: A Brass Salute To The King of Kings" to get you in the spirit! And trad jazz makes a great gift for friends and family... 2 great choices are the New Orleans Helsinki Connection's "At Last", and Leroy's "Back To My Roots" ... also be on the lookout for Harry Connick Jr.'s "Harry For The Holidays" on DVD (release date 11/02/04); the 2003 NBC TV special featured Harry, along with Leroy Jones, Lucien Barbarin, Craig Klein, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane and Marc Anthony.

Summer 2004 Update:

After a lengthy overseas tour, Leroy returns to North America to rejoin Harry Connick Jr.'s Big Band tour for dates in Canada and the USA ... New Orleans television channel WWL-TV has been airing a new ad in their "Spirit of Louisiana" series that features Leroy Jones on trumpet and vocals; the ad, which also features local musicians Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Tim Laughlin, will air on WWL throughout July and August (these spots usually air during their newscasts) ... Leroy makes a guest appearance on Dr. John's latest release, "N'Awlinz: Dis Dat Or D'Udda" ...

New Music!:

The New Orleans Helsinki Connection's latest release - "At Last" - is now available at Louisiana Music Factory and other local music outlets. The band - featuring Tricia Boutte, Leroy Jones, Katja Toivola, Todd Duke, Paul Longstreth, Ozaki Nobumasa and Thomas Rönnholm - will be celebrating the release with performances at Donna's Bar & Grill (April 24th, 11:30 pm) and at Louisiana Music Factory (April 27, 12:00 pm). See the press release for more info!

PBS Special:

Stay tuned for Leroy Jones appearing with Harry Connick, Jr. and his big band on the PBS "Great Performances" special, "An Evening with Harry Connick, Jr.", airing in March of 2004; the show -- taped in Canada in January -- is part of the March PBS Pledge Drive, so check local listings for the air date & time in your locale. The concert will also be available on DVD.

Leroy's Holiday Album Now In Stores

Leroy's latest solo release "Wonderful Christmas: A Brass Salute To The King Of Kings" is now available locally at Tower, Virgin and the Louisiana Music Factory (where you can listen to audio clips and order the CD online).

TV Notes:

Leroy has made several TV appearances with Harry Connick Jr. while on the "Harry For The Holidays" tour. In addition to the NBC special and the Oprah Winfrey show mentioned below, they appeared on the Today show on 12/03, "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" (12/03), The View (12/04), and the NASCAR Awards (12/05). Additional footage from the Today show performance is scheduled to air on December 25. The "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special is scheduled to repeat on BRAVO several times in December.

Matt Lauer Plugs Leroy's New Album

Today show host Matt Lauer singled out Leroy for a special greeting during the Connick Big Band appearance on Dec. 3rd; Matt also mentioned Leroy's new CD, "Wonderful Christmas: A Brass Salute To The King Of Kings". (Leroy and his quintet performed at Matt's wedding in 1996).

Leroy Tapes Connick Special

Leroy will appear on Harry Connick, Jr.'s upcoming NBC TV Special, "Harry For The Holidays" (photo / photo); the show will air nationally on November 27th -- Thanksgiving -- on NBC (10 pm Eastern; 9 pm Central); Leroy also performed with Harry on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (on November 6, 2003).

Connick Tour Notes: San Antonio

Connick booted the lyrics to "St. James Infirmary," "a song I've been singing since I was 5," he said, but good humor and the solos of Barbarin and trumpeter Leroy Jones made it all OK. ... The New Orleans theme continued with "That's A Plenty," a supercharged traditional jazz number spiced by Barbarin, Jones and Ned Goold's sharp alto saxophone solo... Though the show was a bit short, it illustrated that, in American music, there still are few substitutes for the power and the punch of a charismatic front man and a hot big band. (San Antonio Express-News; 11/14/2003)

Leroy Tours With Harry

Leroy Jones will join Harry Connick Jr.'s "Big Band" for a string of dates in November and December. Harry's tour will be promoting his upcoming holiday CD release, "Harry for the Holidays"; Harry & the big band will also be taping a holiday special for NBC (air date TBA).

Holiday CD Update

Leroy's upcoming CD release, "Wonderful Christmas: A Brass Salute To The King Of Kings", should be on store shelves in late November / early December. The set features a collection of holiday standards, plus an L.J. original. Stay tuned for more details.

Photo Gallery

Several new galleries have been added to the photos page!

NOLA Dates

Missed Leroy? Not to worry... several New Orleans dates have been set for September '03, including Palm Court, Donna's and Preservation Hall... See the tour dates page for more info.

Leroy & Monk

Leroy Jones makes a guest appearance on the latest Monk Boudreaux CD, "Mr. Stranger Man"; check out audio clips from the album at Louisiana Music Factory and Amazon.com.

Summer Tour Dates

Beat the heat and tap your feet ... this summer, you can catch Leroy Jones in Europe, at several U.S. festivals, and at home in the Crescent City. Click here for details.

Big Easy Awards

Congratulations to the Leroy Jones Quintet, who were named the winners in the "Best Traditional Jazz Artist" category at the 2003 Big Easy Entertainment Awards. The "Big Easy's", which honor achievement in local music and theater, took place on April 21, 2003 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.

Roots of "Jazz"

Leroy Jones was the subject of feature article in Gambit Weekly (April 8, 2003 issue).

New Dates

Leroy to perform at French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. See tour dates.

"Roots" Review

From OffBeat magazine's review of "Back To My Roots": Trumpeter Leroy Jones' versatility shines as he swings, strolls and romps on jazz styles that are his native tongue... Jones' trumpet strikes up the ensemble on his own "Hangin' Out with the Band," a traditionally flavored brass band tune that can stand firmly with songs written decades ago... It's rare for composers to add new pages to the traditional jazz songbook and this one deserves a place on the streets and bandstands... Back To My Roots isn't a long journey for Leroy Jones; it is where he lives. However, he constantly redecorates his abode with modern flourishes, his distinctive trumpet and a certain refreshing honesty.... see the OffBeat web site for more.

CD Release Party

Leroy will be hosting a "Back To My Roots" CD Release Party at Donna's Bar & Grill on Saturday, September 21st; also, new local gigs have been added to the tour dates page.

New CD!

Leroy Jones' new CD, "Back To My Roots", is now available in local record shops. "Back To My Roots", Leroy's first recording as a leader since 1996, features several classics along with a half dozen original compositions. Here's more info on the new CD.

More Tour Dates

New dates added include the Marblehead Summer Jazz series, Detroit Int'l Jazz Festival, Preservation Hall and Donna's Bar & Grill (in New Orleans), plus a 2 week tour in Denmark with Finn Burich.

Tour Notes

Leroy is off to Germany for several dates, but will stop back in New Orleans in mid-May for a couple of gigs before rejoining the Harry Connick, Jr. tour. See the tour dates page for a complete list of upcoming appearances.

Fairview's Far Reach

Geraldine Wyckoff's article on Danny Barker's Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band, breeding ground for future New Orleans jazz greats such as Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Lucien Barbarin, and others.

Leroy Heads To Studio

Leroy will be in the recording studio in April, working on his first solo album since the critically accclaimed '96 Sony release, "Props For Pops"; the new CD, being produced by Leroy (tentative title "Back To My Roots"), will feature music in the quintet format as well as brass band music; tracks will include several new compositions, plus new arrangements of classic tunes; the new CD should hit the streets circa July of 2002.

Tour Notes

Leroy sets annual Finland tour dates, plus appearances at the 2002 New Orleans Jazz Ascona fest in Switzerland; see tour dates page for details.

New Tour Dates

Leroy will be joining up with Harry Connick, Jr.'s Big Band in March and April, 2002. Leroy will also be performing with the Storyville Shakers Jazz Band for several German dates in April and May, 2002; see tour dates page for details.

What's New

Leroy will appear at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Wednesday, January 23; also, we have added a discography page with links to audio clips and album details; congratulations to Harry Connick, Jr. on his Grammy nomination (Best Traditional Pop Vocal) for his new album, "Songs I Heard" (featuring L.J. on trumpet).

More Local Dates

Several more New Orleans appearances (in December and January) have been added to the tour dates page.

Leroy & Harry on Today

Leroy Jones will appear with Harry Connick, Jr, on NBC's Today Show on December 19th. "Today" airs at 7:00 am Eastern.

Leroy at Donna's!

Leroy returns to Donna's Bar & Grill after being on the road for several months. The Leroy Jones Quintet will appear at Donna's for 2 gigs in December. Check out the tour page, and mark the dates in your calendar!

Leroy and Harry on Letterman

Harry Connick, Jr.'s quintet (featuring Leroy Jones and fellow New Orleanian Lucien Barbarin) performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday, November 14, 2002. The group performed "A Spoonful Of Sugar" from Harry's new album "Songs I Heard" (which also features Leroy); Leroy provided a swingin' trumpet solo and backing vocals on the Letterman performance.