THAN A SUMMER BREEZE
Leroy Jones’ Lush New Album Features Romantic Ballads
Perfect for the Times
tough times there's nothing more important than love, relationships and romance
– and New Orleans trumpet legend Leroy Jones has created the perfect
soundtrack for the era with his latest release: "Sweeter Than A Summer
with lush strings and some of New Orleans' finest musicians, "Summer
Breeze" shows Jones, the former trumpeter and vocalist in the Harry Connick
Jr Orchestra, featuring the unparalleled beauty of his horn playing but also
shows him in an entirely new light as a romantic balladeer and first rate
just in time for Valentine's Day, "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze"
features three new original compositions including the title song and
"Katrina", Jones' take on the hurricane that caused so much
devastation in his beloved hometown, plus eight other romantic standards like
"In a Sentimental Mood", "My Funny Valentine" and
"Stars Fell on Alabama".
feels like the right album for the times," says Jones, "an album for
lovers and those looking to fall in love and that's something I think everybody
can relate to in tough times like these."
somewhat of a departure for Jones, who is widely regarded as one of the best and
influential trumpeters Nola has ever produced and the keeper of the traditional
New Orleans sounds, "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze" showcases not just
his virtuosity on the horn and his New Orleans roots, but his growing skills as
an arranger including all strings, bass and drums.
it's no accident that Jones is following in the footsteps of some of his
favorite artists recording an album featuring strings.
Brown, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis – some of the jazz pioneers I admire most
– did the same thing, always pushing themselves as artists," he says.
"And that’s just what I am doing with "Summer Breeze."
member of the New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame, Jones 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. It was the Fairview Brass Band
that is widely credited with restoring interest in the brass band tradition of
New Orleans. Today, in fact, New Orleans has more brass bands performing than at
any time in the city's history – an achievement that can be traced back
directly to the Fairview Band and its successor the Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass
regular performer at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and a featured performer
in the Harry Connick Jr Orchestra, where his playing and singing have made him a
crowd favorite, Leroy has performed on every continent and in every major U.S.
city at prestigious theaters, festivals and jazz clubs like the Village Vanguard
in New York City. His television appearances include The Tonight Show, Good
Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Arsenio Hall,
Conan O'Brien and Oprah Winfrey. He is also a regular at the world famous New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as French Quarter Fest and the
has also appeared on the soundtrack of the smash hit movie "Sleepless in
Seattle" starring actor Tom Hanks.
has also released a series of highly regarded CDs including "Props For
Pops" his tribute to Louis Armstrong, "Back To My Roots", "Mo’
From The Crop" and "Soft Shoe". He has appeared on numerous
recordings with other artists such as Dr. John, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band,
Anders Osborne, Chuck Carbo, Spirit of New Orleans, John Boutté, Lillian Boutté,
Paul Sanchez, Danish Radio Big Band, Guillaume Nouaux and many, more others.
Than A Summer Breeze" will be released on Valentine's Day, February 14,
2009 and can be found at the Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur Street, N.O.LA
70130) and online on iTunes, CDBaby and Digstation.
release party, featuring Leroy Jones Quintet, will be held at Donna's Bar &
Grill (800 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116) on February 14,
2009, 9:30 pm.
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recording ranks up there with Charlie Parker with Strings and Stan
Getz's Focus. If this were 40 years ago, it might make Leroy Jones a
star, but now it more than justifies his excellent reputation." Gambit,
June 8, 2009
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follows through on every single note of this outstanding performance,
phrasing everything perfectly against the strings." John
Swenson, OffBeat, April 2009
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trumpet sings with gorgeous flawlessness above the enriching string
Wyckoff, LA Weekly, 2/9/09
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a new romantic CD, Leroy Jones and his trumpet are in tune like never
before." Keith Spera, The
Times-Picayune - Lagniappe 2/13/2009
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gracefulness of the arrangements contributes in a profound way to the success of
this homogeneous and balanced CD, rendering justice to a musician who has been
able to give New Orleans music a flair of modernity."
Aboucaya, Jazz Magazine (France) 3/2009
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by a tasteful rhythm section, a cellist and a violinist, Jones unleashes a
series of smouldering, soulful horn readings that are Zen-like, minimalist
perfection. His tone is heartbreakingly beautiful, and his original compositions
are of a piece with his classic material. This is a jazz treasure." Joseph
Blake, Times Colonist 8/20/2009
February 14, 2009
Day Celebration @ the French
featuring Leroy Jones Quintet and his new
CD "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze"
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
46 French Market
French Market – Farmer's
Market @ Gov. Nicholls Street
CD release party &
Tribute to Valentine's
featuring Leroy Jones Quintet
Donna's Bar & Grill
800 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
notes by Terence Blanchard
know Leroy Jones is to know a musician who has always been in search of finding
a way to express himself with honesty that is very rare amongst musicians of his
generation. I've known him for some years. In fact, he was my hero when we were
growing up in New Orleans. He was the guy that was well ahead of his time. He
played with a command and maturity that is still unmatched. When I listened to
him play I always imagined myself having that tone, or his sense of phrasing,
and definitely his sense of rhythm. He was and still is my hero.
record brings Leroy into a new arena for me. I have always marveled at his
playing, but now he has stepped into the world of writing for strings. I love
this recording for what it brings to the world of music. An honest look at some
classic compositions through the eyes of an artist who is still on the path of
finding a way to bring to the listener what has always been in his heart.
Leroy's approach to arranging these classics has the same heartfelt expression
as his trumpet tone. This is a perfect combination of great craftsmanship and
free willing expression. I've always known him to play in the moment, but this
recording also puts a personal touch on the sound of the small ensemble. Many of
these classics are tunes that have withstood the test of time, having been
recorded by some of the greatest artist of our time. Now Leroy has added his
name to the list.
is the word that comes to mind when I listened to this music the first time.
Starting the melody with no intro on "Yesterdays" gets to the heart of
the matter without delay. A very clear and to the point solo. A beautiful tone,
with a restrained romantic sense of phrasing sets the tone for the entire CD.
What amazes me about "I Remember Clifford" is that I heard Leroy
before I heard of Clifford Brown (that tells you how long I’ve known Leroy),
and I thought that his tone was as clear as crystal and as big as anything I
could imagine. So hearing him play this classic shows his love and respect for
one of the greatest of all time. "My Funny Valentine", such a
monumental melody, one that has been arranged in every way possible. Yet Leroy's
string writing brings a freshness that sets the mood for listening bliss for
lovers of melody. We all were devastated by the events of one of the worst
disasters in our history, and yet "Katrina" shows the heroism that is
rebuilding the city of New Orleans. I can't help thinking of all of the men and
women who are giving their all to bring back a city and culture that has served
the world for generations. Leroy captured it in a way that will serve us all and
make the citizens of New Orleans proud.
collection of music is a great combination of great playing and writing, a
romantic journey through our musical history, and a brave look at some of our
current events. Through it all, this CD is one of the most enjoyable listening
experiences I've had in a long time. I have no doubt that this CD will become
one of the few that will withstand the test of time. Leroy Jones, still my hero.