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Darren Sterud's New Orleans Tribute With Leroy Jones

  • North Street Cabaret 610 North Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

A renowned New Orleans jazz trumpeter joins a group of Madison musicians. Info/tix

  Leroy Jones. Photo by Katja Toivola.

Leroy Jones. Photo by Katja Toivola.

New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Leroy Jones has become one of the most respected jazz musicians in a city that has produced, you know, a few of those. Jones began playing out in brass bands in the early 1970s, before he even entered his teens, and found a long-term collaborator and champion in vocalist and fellow New Orleanian Harry Connick, Jr. While Jones has strong ties to the jazz sounds and traditions most listeners associate with New Orleans, and frequently plays venues like the venerable Preservation Hall, his recordings as a composer and bandleader, beginning with 1994's Mo' Cream From The Crop, draw just as much inspiration from innovative trumpeters like Miles Davis and Lee Morgan. Over the years Jones has also crossed paths with the Madison-based Mama Digdown's Brass Band, even performing and recording with that outfit. That helps to explain why he's heading to Madison to join trombone player (and Mama Digdown's member) Darren Sterud and his New Orleans Tribute ensemble for this show. Sterud says the setlist will include some of Jones' originals and some classics from the New Orleans jazz canon. Given Jones' versatility, the audience can likely expect a lot of Crescent City tradition with a few inspired detours. —Scott Gordon

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