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Loyola University of New Orleans Jazz Underground Series Continues with Trumpet Royalty

Loyola press release - October 6, 2017

New Orleans trumpet masters Leroy Jones, Wendell Brunious, and Jamil Sharif cut loose and swing through a night of music ranging from traditional to modern jazz.

Loyola Presents the Jazz Underground Series: Trumpet Royalty, slated for October 19 at Loyola, will unite three of the Crescent City’s brightest trumpet talents under one roof for a night of energetic, eclectic jazz.

The concert is part of the Jazz Underground Series, which was organized by Loyola Professor of Jazz Studies Tony Dagradi. The acclaimed series is part of Loyola Presents, formerly known as the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series, showcasing some of the top arts events in the region, ranging from concerts to theatre and ballet performances.

“The concert’s title, ‘Trumpet Royalty,’ says it all,” said Dagradi. “It’s an honor and a privilege to have these three local trumpeters playing together at Loyola. These men have been playing and studying their craft since they were kids. They’ve studied and played with legends, and they’re some of the best New Orleans has to offer.”

Leroy Jones began playing trumpet at the age of 10 and was leading the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band by the age of 12. He toured with luminaries such as Eddie Vinson and Della Reese before forming the Leroy Jones Quintet. In 1991, he joined Harry Connick, Jr.’s band. Jones released his first album Mo’ Cream from The Crop in 1994. He has also appeared with legendary musical acts like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dr. John.

Wendell Brunious sang in his childhood and became a trumpeter at age 11. By age 25, he was regularly playing at Preservation Hall with Kid Thomas Valentine and took over Valentine’s group after Valentine’s death in 1987. His albums include Mama Don’t Allow It, In the Tradition, and Down in Honky Tonk Town.

Jamil Sharif trained at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Southern University, where he studied with Alvin Batiste, Roger Dickerson, and Edward “Kidd” Jordan. He has worked as a featured soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and he and his music appeared in the New Orleans films Hard Target and Undercover Blues. He served as musical coordinator for the Oscar-winning film Ray. He has released critically acclaimed albums, including Portraits of New Orleans (featuring Dr. John), Jamillennium, and Shine.

“Trumpet Royalty” is the second concert in the Jazz Underground Series’ 2017-18 campaign. The new series kicked off September 21 with “Blue Train at Sixty” celebrating saxophonist John Coltrane’s work.

Loyola Presents the Jazz Underground Series: Trumpet Royalty will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 in Nunemaker Auditorium, Third Floor, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $20. For more information, visit presents.loyno.edu or call the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.