Leroy Jones

Decades: 1990s 2000s


20 February 1958, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. As a small child Jones began playing guitar and took lessons from veteran jazzman Danny Barker. Soon, he became interested in brass instruments, first trying the cornet, then moving on to trumpet and flügelhorn. He continued studying, taking lessons from a trumpet-playing nun at a Catholic school he attended. Mostly, however, he learned from listening to jazz musicians on record, especially Louis Armstrong. His listening was, nevertheless, decidedly eclectic. As he told Derek Ansell in an interview for Jazz Journal International, he was influenced also by Hugh Masekela, Shorty Rogers and Freddie Hubbard among several trumpeters of note. Later, he heard records by Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan.

Despite all these influences, Jones steadily matured his own style while still remaining attuned to other young musicians such as Wynton Marsalis. His early professional experience included playing in...

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