A combination of the Grammys and the Tonys in style, 45+ awards are presented to local talent by national and regional celebrities for accomplishments in both music and theater.
The winners will be honored at the awards gala at the Harrah's New Orleans Casino on April 19, 2009.
Leroy Jones has been a central figure in New Orleans' jazz scene since the mid-seventies and continuously expands and refines his musicianship in ways that manifest his multifaceted talent. Having worked with brass bands, traditional and modern jazz outfits, big bands, R&B and Top 40 groups, and gospel and blues ensembles, Jones is not only known for his trumpet playing but also his composing,arranging, and singing. Jones' latest CD Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze features a collection of timeless jazz ballads arranged for a jazz quartet and 10-piece string orchestra. It was released on Valentine's Day 2009 and has received a lot of positive attention all around the world.His trumpet sings with gorgeous flawlessness above the enriching string arrangements.
Geraldine Wyckoff, LA Weekly
With a new romantic CD, Leroy Jones and his trumpet are in tune like never before.
Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune Lagniappe
The gracefulness of the arrangements contributes in a profound way to the success of this homogenous and balanced CD, rendering justice to a musician who has been able to give New Orleans music a flair of modernity.
Jacques Aboucaya, Jazz Magazine (France)
Throughit all, this CD is one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I've had in along time. I have no doubt that this CD will become one of the few that will withstand the test of time.
Terence Blanchard from liner notes