A Discussion with Director Cameron Washington
Moderators: Prof. Beth Bronk, Dr. Liliana Guerrero, and Prof. Scott McDonald
Official Heartbeats of Freedom Event: An Ethnomusicology Documentary Series
This year, the TLU School of Music is hosting three unique and powerful stories of music as a catalyst for change against systemic legacies. Each film will be available for screening for a period of 14 days on TLU Cinema. As part of the series, there will be a Q&A Zoom session with the director of each film.
The film will screen on TLU Cinema from Tuesday, March 30 until Monday, April 12.
In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician. A Man And His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story follows Jones's life journey as he came up playing on the streets of the Saint Bernard Projects, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA’s most sought after trumpeters, founding the legendary Fairview Baptist Brass Band and Hurricane Brass Band, which lead to the revival of the brass band scene in New Orleans. Leroy Jones eventually catches the ear of Harry Connick Jr. and ends up becoming Connick’s solo trumpeter, touring and recording with the Harry Connick Big Band for over 20 years. A decade after the storm that nearly destroyed his beloved city, Jones is navigating life as both a world-renowned musician and a citizen amidst a rapidly changing New Orleans.
More About Filmmaker Cameron Washington
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. 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.