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The legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones is known to music lovers as the "keeper of the flame" for traditional New Orleans jazz and to critics as one of the top musicians ever produced by the Crescent City. "The mission of the Leroy Jones Quintet is to expose audiences everywhere to the authentic music of New Orleans, the music of Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Danny Barker and all the other greats who have helped create the rich gumbo that is the sound of New Orleans," he says, "while putting our own more modern stamp on it." Jones himself, a native of New Orleans, whose playing has been described as a blend of Louis Armstrong and bebop virtuoso Clifford Brown, has been a critical figure in the history of New Orleans music. A member of the New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame, he was leader at the tender age of 12, of the seminal Fairview Band, a brass band whose alumni have included some of the best known musicians in New Orleans

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The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band: Do You Know What It Means?

Read "The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band: Do You Know What It Means?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This article was originally published in October 2006. It has been said that the truest expression of a people is in its music and dance. That being the case, then pianist {m: Herbie Hancock was right on the money when he described jny: New Orleans as “the soul of our country. The nation's soul ...

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New Orleans Helsinki Connection - Together Again: At Last!

New Orleans Helsinki Connection - Together Again: At Last!

This April will be the first time in years that New Orleans Helsinki Connection's original lineup, featured on the band's debut album “At Last," is playing together. The all star band was first conceived in the summer of 2001 when Tricia Boutté, Katja Toivola, and Thomas Rönnholm were on a lengthy tour in Finland. One night, ...

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New Orleans Trumpeter Leroy Jones Performed At Super Bowl VI In 1972

New Orleans Trumpeter Leroy Jones Performed At Super Bowl VI In 1972

Super Bowl VI, on January 16, 1972, was played in New Orleans' Tulane Stadium between the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. The halftime entertainment consisted of a “Salute to Louis Armstrong", a tribute to Crescent City's best-known trumpeter who had passed away the previous year, on July 6, 1971. The show featured a then 13-year-old Leroy ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

On The Road With The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet

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Though it was only a 12-hour flight from Singapore to London, for Singaporean organist/pianist Jeremy Monteiro, Philippine tenor saxophonist Tots Tolentino, Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao and Thai drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan--who together make up the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet--the journey has, in some ways, been a much longer one; you could say it's a journey ...

Jazz Returns To Bourbon Street

Jazz Returns To Bourbon Street

New Orleans' Bourbon Street is returning to its original music one club at a time as rhythms of authentic New Orleans jazz float through the summer air. Up until the 1980's the sounds of jazz were flowing out of several bars and clubs on Bourbon Street. Blue Angel had George Finola with Clarence Ford and Ed ...

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New Orleans Helsinki Connection Releases New Album Paradise On Earth

New Orleans Helsinki Connection Releases New Album Paradise On Earth

It’s been eight years since their debut album At Last and now; another collaboration from this diverse ensemble once again ferrying jazz lovers to a better understanding of musical intimacy. Along with a fresh set of titles, the band’s lineup is also slightly augmented on this new, captivating recording. Finnish based drummer and co-founder of the ...

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New Orleans Jazz 95 Miles North of the Arctic Circle

New Orleans Jazz 95 Miles North of the Arctic Circle

Leroy Jones and Spirit of New Orleans are playing Ylläs Jazz Blues, one of the world's northernmost jazz festivals in Finnish Lapland. Helsinki-based group Spirit Of New Orleans (SONO) is headed to Ylläs in the end of January with one of New Orleans' top trumpeters, Leroy Jones, as its soloist. Ylläs Jazz Blues is one of ...

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Take Five With Erik Jekabson

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Meet Erik Jekabson: Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who has recorded or performed with Illinois Jacquet, the Woody Herman Big Band, John Mayer, Galactic, Mark Turner, Brian Blade, and Nicholas Payton, among others. He has a Bachelor's of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's of Music from the ...

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Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz: "Satchmo Summerfest, Part 2"

Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz: "Satchmo Summerfest, Part 2"

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum--A Journey Through Jazz Episode 17: “Satchmo Summerfest, Part 2" Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist" As always, the show is free, absolutely legal, fun for the whole family, and available for listening right now, right here, from any device: http://lnk.ms/CGLwM This week I'm broadcasting live from the Crescent ...


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