Horns of Leroy, this roaring, flaming band has been steadily becoming one of Melbourne’s staples. Anyone who’s seen them can attest that they’re easily one of the city’s hottest live acts. As they are about to launch their debut album, the band’s leader, trumpeter Travis Woods invites us to the party.
AustralianJazz.net: What’s the band’s story?
Travis Woods: A few years ago, Daniel [Berry] and I went to New Orleans after studying in New York. After seeing all the great bands around we just wanted to bring that to Melbourne. We got a group of friends together and started jamming at Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy and had a gig booked the next day after our first jam. The first tune we played was ‘Going Down to The Mardi Gras’.
AJN: Who are your influences?
TW: We are essentially a party band that takes influences from many different bands and styles. Our jazz and improvising upbringing definitely is a huge influence, but we also aim to make our music a variety of styles.
AJN: In what way is the album different than your live shows?
TW: The challenge with recording is getting the best representation of our live sound. The band is all about energy and live shows and the CD is a great representation of our songs over the last three years.
AJN: What song you’d like the band to cover but you still haven’t got to doing it?
TW: Hard question, we generally cover all the tunes that we want to cover.
AJN: What should anyone expect from Saturday’s gig?
TW: A party!
The Horns of Leroy are:
Ben Harrison & Travis Woods – Trumpet
James Macaulay & Nick Pietsch – Trombone
James Mustafa – Sousaphone
Daniel Berry & Tim Clifton – Percussion