Leon Brown Sr.

Leon B.

New Orleans, LA

Lesson Details



Leon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

I started playing the trumpet 29 years ago in my elementary school's concert band in New Orleans. Since 1993 I've been performing professionally around the world as a Jazz musician. The world has given me the opportunity to learn from world class musicians from the streets of New Orleans and Jackson Square to the classrooms of institutionalized learning. I studied for 2 years at the University of New Orleans,under the great jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis, after which I continued my professional career joining the oldest, still performing Jazz band in the world, The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band led by one of my mentors Bob French. Simultaneously, I was asked to create and lead a horn section for the Latin Billboard Award winning/Grammy Nominated band Los Hombres Calientes . Also, from that time to present I perform around the world extensively as a featured trumpeter/vocalist performing New Orleans' Traditional Jazz Music. I began teaching professionally around 2011 when I joined the faculty at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music in New Orleans as the brass instructor where I also teach theory and Jazz. I've done clinics (internationally) and taught students of all ages. I really believe that when you have a desire to do something (like learn to play trumpet), your desire is a signal that you have the potential to be great at it! I can't wait to help you be great!

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Faculty/Brass Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Don Jamison Heritage School of Music

Here I teach students the fundamentals of playing brass instruments, beginner music theory and New Orleans style Brass Band.

Sep 2011 - Nov 2016
The Jazz Playhouse

2016 I completed my residency there where I was giving weekly performances with my Jazz Quartet.


Jazz Performance
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
University of New Orleans
Certificate of Completion in Music with emphasis on Jazz
Sep 1993 - Jun 1996
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Musician of the Year Award
Apr 2012
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
2009 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble
Feb 2009
The Recording Academy


Jazz Education Network
Jan 2016

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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Red Rocks Music Festival
Oct 2013

The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Master classes and workshops enable young musicians to learn skills from master musicians. The festival provides outreach educational music programs that inspire students to appreciate and continue their interest in the arts.

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May 2002

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Leon Kid Chocolate Brown, New Orleans, La. USA

Grammy Award Winner Leon Kid Chocolate Brown & The 504 Experience perform at Sao Paulo, Brazil's Bourbon Street Festival.
Jamming with some fellow New Orleans Trumpeters. Pictured are Trombone Shorty and Nicholas Payton. Not pictured is Leroy Jones

This musician happens to be1of my 1st students ever& proof of what happens when you put in the time&work on your lessons
Photo by Leon B.

From a performance at the 2016 Satchmo Fest
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16 Reviews

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Alex Sep 14, 2017
Trumpet · Online

So before I started lessons with Leon, I was relatively new( self taught) a learning the trumpet and I was nervous about taking lessons. Mostly nervous because I didn't know what the instructor was going to have me change, and was nervous that the instructor wouldn't be understanding of my faults.

Leon Brown during the first lesson showed me that although he was my teacher, he was also there to help me progress and get better as a player and person. Every lesson after that my nervousness became less and less and my confidence has grown within 5 lessons.

I recommend Maestro Brown as a Trumpet teacher because he takes his time, makes sure you grasp the lesson, provides a comfortable atmosphere, and with hard work and dedication outside of the lesson, he will notice the work you put in.

Take the chance, don't be scared to get started on your musical journey like I was and take a chance with Mr. Leon Brown. For me at least, I have not regretted my decision and will continue lessons with him for as long as I can!

Cheers to all!

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Marc Jan 9, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Very valuable session. Leon has a calming and patient manner. I myself am a master's degree carrying teacher so I appreciate good instruction.

Darrell G. Dec 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Leon is the total package. He is a professional musician ( has his own Jazz quartet, checkout You Tube), a highly recognized musical instructor in the great city of New Orleans and very patient with his students individual abilities. He can make you into whatever level of trumpeter you aspire to if you do
your part as a student. You will be fortunate and blessed to have him as a teacher.None better.

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Darrell G. Dec 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Leon is a great teacher!

Eric Dec 6, 2016
Trumpet ·

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Leon for ten plus years in many musical situations. Including the education side. His dedication to music playing and education is unsurpassed. Leon will treat your lessons with responsibility and respect. You will you become a better musician if you give him your time and energy. Leon has a vast knowledge of tools in his arsenal to help you reach your full potential. You will also have fun working with him. I personally have learned a great deal in just being a friend and colleague of Leon's. Also he is one of the coolest dudes you will ever meet in your life!

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Denise Gordon Dec 2, 2016
· In studio

Had the pleasure of touring with Leon in Europe, I found him to be very focused but relaxed and cool to be around on and off stage as he naturally makes one feel at ease.
He is a consummate professional and a wonderful ambassador of New Orleans Culture & Musicianship and as a result he has been well received by audiences internationally.
I am a professional vocalist of 25 years experience based in the UK and feel I learnt a great deal in his company and can highly recommend Leon Brown Snr.
A natural communicator and teacher in workshop and performance

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Tim from Minnesota Nov 30, 2016
Trumpet ·

I am proud and honored to be a friend and fellow musician of Leon Brown's. He is a professional, talented, committed and honorable artist and I am impressed with his superior talent and attention to the discipline of his craft. He is an excellent trumpet player with an excellent knowledge of trumpet theory, performance and technique. You will find him committed and sincere.

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Tim from Minnesota Nov 30, 2016
Trumpet ·

I have known Leon for several years and I am proud to be a friend and musical connection of his! He is a gentleman, a professional, a motivated, perseverant and focused individual. He possesses a superior talent and can be counted on to be committed and reliable. I have been impressed by his performance abilities and knowledge of music in general and New Orleans jazz history in particular. I would recommend him to anyone for trumpet theory, performance and technique.

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Mitchell Nov 30, 2016
Trumpet ·

Leon Brown is an extremely talanted trumpet player and just as talanted educator. I have been working with Mr Brown since the late 90's his technical command of the instrument and knowledge of musical theory is A+. I highly recommend Leon as a musical instructor for beginners to advanced. He has great patience and is an excellent instructor.

Mitchell Player

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Darrell Nov 29, 2016
Trumpet ·

Leon is both a talented trumpet player and a dedicated instructor. His love for music transcends when he's teaching and his patient manner makes it a pleasure for anyone he's instructing.

Jose Nov 28, 2016
Trumpet ·

I started to listen to Leon play back in 2002, on Sundays, at the Spotted Cat bar in New Orleans with Rob Block. Those nights were magical! I have followed his career since then, and I have to say that Leon is one of the very best, most knowledgeable, more nuanced trumpet players in New Orleans!

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David Nov 26, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Leon Brown is great trumpet player, teacher of life and role model. Whether it's New Orleans music and/or trumpet technique, Leon will share the tools needed to get where you desire. I've also performed with Leon on numerous occasions and have always been impressed by his musicality and style, as well as his harmonic ideas.

Great guy to learn from!

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Michel "Bunk" LAPLACE Nov 26, 2016
Trumpet · Online

I heard Leon Brown play since many years. He is a quiet person. On the trumpet, Leon takes care to get a beautiful tone. On a the music side, Leon is full of respect for the roots. So, I think Mr Leon Brown has all the needed qualities to be an helpful teacher!

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Vance Nov 25, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Mr. Brown has been teaching our son for a few months now. My son loves him. He said Mr. Brown is a very good teacher & is patient with kids.

Joseph Nov 25, 2016
Trumpet · In home

Mr. Brown has been instructing my son in playing New Orleans style jazz music over the last two years. He inspires my son to practice and work on the necessary fundamentals of performance while also having fun with improvisation and other jazz techniques. With Mr. Brown's guidance, my son has earned the first chair position in his high school band. I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you are a beginner or an advanced musician, studying with this Grammy Award winning artist will help you reach the next level on your musical journey.

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Seva Nov 25, 2016
Trumpet · In home

Leon is top-notch. I feel very lucky to have been able to work with him. He is very knowledgeable about music and a world class trumpet player. Highly recommended to students of all ages and all levels of experience and skill.

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