Leroy Hawthorne, Jr.

Leroy’s Contributions

04/05/09    Community Articles

The Way Jazz Is Here in Louisiana

The region that I am from is north central Louisiana, one extremely limited market for jazz that has a handful of followers. I am, though, not disillusioned by this aspect because there are arts councils in the area who are slowly recognizing the importance...

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About Leroy Hawthorne, Jr.


Leroy is a musician and educator from Grambling, Louisiana where he also teach music classes, jazz ensemble, and guitar/bass guitar at Grambling State University. He is the church musician at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church of Ruston, Louisiana, and guitarist/keyboardist for Dorsey Summerfield & The Polyphonics, a jazz/r&b group from Shreveport, Louisiana (www.thepolyphonics.com and

Professionally, he has performed as a sideman for artists or groups such as The Manhattans, Jimmy Witherspoon, Tom Browne, Laverne Butler, Jennifer Holliday, Phyllis Hyman, Sonya Robinson, Henry Johnson, Martha Reeves, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Platters, May Palmer, and Shelia Raye Charles.

As a producer and session player, he has done recordings with local jazz, R&B, and Gospel artists such as singer/songwriter Crystal Dawn, saxophonist Leroy Marshall, guitarist Carvel Avis, James Flournoy Project, gospel recording artist Johnathan Williams, the late trumpeter Manuel Castenada, and vocalist Christopher Nolan.

Leroy Hawthorne, Jr. joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 03, 2009