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Born in New Orleans on February 20th, 1958, Leroy began studying the trumpet at age 10, in school band. By the time he was 13 years old, he was already playing gigs and leading Danny Barker’s young Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. The Fairview Band performed at church events, Social & Pleasure Club events, Funerals, and Second Line Parades all over the city of New Orleans. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute Festival of Culture & Folklore. The Fairview band later evolved into the Hurricane Brass Band, which became the seed of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Leroy was a significant figure amongst the new breed of aspiring young musicians participating in Barker’s renaissance of New Orleans brass bands.
After a very brief stint in the Jazz Studies Program at Loyola University’s Conservatory of Music, joined the musicians union and went on to pursue his career as a professional musician. He has played with nearly all the famous jazz bands in town, and has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.
The past decade has been a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, performed on numerous recordings with various artists, leads one of the Preservation Hall Jazz Bands and has two critically acclaimed solo releases, “Mo’ Cream From The Crop” and “Props for Pops” on the Sony/Columbia label. continues to travel and record the world over.
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“Avalon” performed at Fritzel’s Jazz Pub in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Jim Hession – Piano. Ryan Burrage, Jacques Gauthe’ – Clarinets, Soprano Saxes.This classic, written by Al Jolson, made famous by Benny Goodman’s Quartet featuring a wonderful piano solo by Teddy Wilson who was a personal friend to Jim and Martha Hession. He actually edited a jazz piano history that Jim was writing for lectures and workshops at colleges and universities.
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Dixieland with Swing from Southern Jazz Paducah, Ky
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Wonderful line up for the Jazz Festival in London 1954. Ken Colyer, Jim Bray, Lonnie Donegan, Bruce Turner, Monty Sunshine.
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Ukulele Paul plays the Bacon & Day Tenor banjo with The Lagunatics in Laguna Beach, CA. Paul Levey, Gary Hogan and Jimmy at The Sawdust Festival 2005. Paul’s a regular with The Bourbon Street Irregulars, San Francisco Medicine Ball Band, Powell Street Jazz Band, San Francisco Strutters and other SF high pillars of low down and dirty New Orleans Jazz. Keep it up, fellas!
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