As part of the New Orleans Film Festival, which kicks off October 17, an award-winning documentary examining the life and music of a New Orleans heavyweight will be screened. Cameron Washington’s A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story will screen at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, October 18.
The film documents Jones’ early years in the public-housing projects of the 7th Ward as well as his role in leading brass-band revivals in the 1970s. It also delves into his career-changing work with Harry Connick, Jr. and his 25 years of solo trumpeter work. Filmed over the last three years, the documentary features interviews with Jones, Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard, Katja Toivola, Herlin Riley and Gregg Stafford. In fact, Jones will be joined by Blanchard, Toivola and Stafford at the film screening.