Renowned jazz musician Leroy Jones, 57, stops off in St Albans next week as part of his extensive UK tour. The New Orleans-based trumpet master has played all over the world and supported artists such as Harry Connick Jr and Dr John. His quintet plays with special guests singer-pianist Joe Stilgoe and jazz vocalist Ian Shaw.

How are you feeling about your UK tour this autumn?

Quite excited. The last time I toured here was in 1994 as the opening act for Harry Connick Jr. The audiences here sincerely appreciate the music I play.

What can people expect from your show?

There will be traditional jazz, mainstream music and a few original compositions that will lift their spirits, make them want to hit the dance floor, snap their figures, tap their feet or simply sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful ballad.

What are you most looking forward to?

Having the opportunity to bring the spirit of New Orleans to music lovers who might never have the opportunity to visit that culturally diverse city.

How did you first start playing the trumpet?

Through my elementary school's band programme when I was 10 years old.

What appealed to you about the instrument?

Actually I played the cornet first. Almost everyone played the cornet in those days and I loved how musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard made it sound.

Did either of your parents play instruments or sing?

My parents were musically inclined, but were not musicians. Music was always being played in our house, on 78s, 45s LPs and the radio, as my folks enjoyed listening to jazz, R&B and soul.

Who inspired you to be a musician?

My first trumpet teacher, Sister Mary Hilary, who was band master and director of the elementary school I attended.

What was it like growing up in New Orleans?

I grew up in a neighbourhood surrounded by veteran jazz musicians including guitarist Danny Barker, pianist Dave 'Fat Man' Williams and trumpeter Ernest Cagnolatti, also marching bands and brass band music. In those days, three out of every five children played some sort of musical instrument and participated in school bands.

Why is music so important to you?

It's my livelihood and probably also what keeps me sane in this crazy world we live in.

Which musicians do you admire?

I admire any musician who plays from the heart, has respect for the music and delivers the music with pride and finesse.

Do you have a favourite up-and-coming band?

The New Breed Brass Band based in my home city.

What is on the agenda after the tour?

I plan to go into the studio to record my next album, get back to my regular nights at the Preservation Hall, play club dates on the local scene and tour southern Europe during autumn 2016.

Do you have any hobbies you enjoy when you're not performing or recording?

I enjoy playing tennis, swimming and bowling whenever I have an opportunity.

Leroy Jones, Alban Arena, St Albans, Thursday, October 29, 7.30pm. Details: 01727 844488,