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Director Cameron Washington will join us for Q&A afterward.
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 talents that have 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.
Cameron Washington is a writer/director/producer and musician based in San Francisco. Washington’s first feature film High School Ripped Me A New One, screened at film festivals across the US, and won “Best Comedy” award from the Spaghetti Junction Film Festival. Moving his focus to doc-style shooting, Washington became the historical filmmaker archivist filming Senators Kamala Harris’ winning run for Senate. Most recently Washington spent 2 years visiting New Orleans to make the feature documentary film A Man And His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story. Which follows trumpeter Leroy Jones from the projects in the 7th ward to leading the Brass Band revival of the 70’s, to touring the globe with Harry Connick Jr.