Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) | Reviewed by Bryan J. Sajecki, University at Buffalo
"A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story dives into one of the most influential jazz trumpeters in the United States not named Louis Armstrong. Directed by jack-of-all trades Cameron Washington, this documentary is more than just a biography. It is a story of the identity of a music genre, a man, and the culture of New Orleans."
"A Man and His Trumpet is more than just a feel-good story for the viewer. It is a snapshot of how 'a rare combination of a great guy and a great talent' unknowingly trailblazed a music genre in a time where it could all be forgotten. With the gentrification of New Orleans, Jones and company seek to keep playing their hearts out until they can no longer buzz through a mouthpiece, use their fingers, or throw their voice. This film would be a strong addition to any library, as the film touches on African American history and the evolution of jazz in the United States."
University of Miami | Professor Andrew Dykstra
"A Man and His Trumpet tells Jones’ story in a highly engaging fashion, incorporating plenty of music along with intimate commentary from Jones and his contemporaries. The film accomplishes three things. First, it showcases Jones and the reverence his fellow New Orleans musicians have for him (i.e., it gives Jones his props). Second, it documents the history of New Orleans brass band music, both introducing it to new audiences and filling in rich details for connoisseurs. What is most impressive, however, is how deft and cohesive the story stays even whilst covering diverse and sometimes difficult subject matter. Even the coverage of the Katrina levee failure, which can’t be ignored but has the potential to seriously drag down an otherwise uplifting and often humorous film, is somehow natural. All the more impressive considering this is Washington’s first full-length documentary. The Leroy Jones documentary should be in the film archives of every major university."
Tulane University | Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Curator Emeritus, Hogan Jazz Archive
“A film on Leroy Jones has got to be good because he’s one of the best jazz trumpet players on the planet.”
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Director of A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET
Cameron Washington is a filmmaker and jazz musician who speaks to students and communities about New Orleans music history and culture, music theory, and African American history in the United States. A regular working jazz musician who leads a New Orleans brass band in San Francisco, Washington’s musical legacy extends back to family in Louisiana. A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET: THE LEROY JONES STORY tells the story of trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian Leroy Jones. Washington has presented the film and spoken at Martha’s Vineyard Film Music Festival, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the San Francisco Black Film Festival.