Musicians Corner
An Online Showcase of Our Union Members
Vol. 2 No. 5                                                                                                        May 2015
Our featured, world-class musicians for May
are the husband & wife team,

Leroy Jones and Katja Toivola-Jones


From the birthplaces of New Orleans, Louisiana and Helsinki,

Finland, to movie sets, jazz clubs and  festivals, these musicians

entertain and educate countless thousands throughout the world.

Catch them perform at Jazz Fest on Thursday, April 30th!


We hope you enjoy our talented union musicians!
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Leroy Jones                  Member Since 1976
New Leroy
BIO: The legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones is known to music lovers as the "keeper of the flame for traditional New Orleans jazz and to critics as one  of the top musicians ever produced by the Crescent City. A regular at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and a featured performer in the Harry Connick Orchestra, where his playing and singing have made him a crowd favorite, Leroy has performed on every continent and in every major U.S. city at prestigious theaters, festivals and jazz clubs like the Village Vanguard in New York City. He is also a regular at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as French Quarter Fest and the Satchmo Summerfest. Read more...


Website: Leroy Jones
Facebook: Leroy's Page

YouTube: The Helsinki Connection

Why I Joined the Union: "I am in the Union because it was the proper thing to do at the time when I wanted to become a professional musician. When I first joined the Union in 1976, before the right to work act, it seemed to function to my benefit more efficiently. I still feel that being a Union member often provides professional opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable."
Katja Toivola-Jones      Member Since 2006
New Katja
BIO: Trombonist Katja Toivola-Jones has been acquainted  with the music styles of New Orleans for over twenty years.  She made her first visit to the Crescent City in 1995, and now divides her time between her two hometowns: Helsinki and New Orleans. Toivola has played with the Riverside Rascals,  a popular Finnish jazz band since 1996, and has been leading her own bands; the New Orleans Helsinki Connection and the Spirit of New Orleans since 2001. Read more...
Facebook: Katja's Page
Why I Joined the Union: "In today's economy, it is more important than ever that musicians hold to a high professional standard and demand fair compensation for their talent and expertise. Seeing the massive income being generated in New Orleans by music, musicians, and music related events, it is high time for musicians to organize and stand together as a united front to promote a fairer distribution of profits."
Preservation Hall, New Orleans
FQ Leroy and Katja
French Quarter Festival
Helsinki Connection


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