Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, a native son of New Orleans, began studying the trumpet at the age of 9. However, it was not until he reached age 15 that he found true interest and purpose in music while attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He benefited from NOCCA’s rigorous music theory and music history curriculum, as well as its private training. Since graduating from NOCCA, he has performed with some of the world’s greatest bands and musicians, including Irvin Mayfield, The Headhunters, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Lenny Kravitz, Milt Hinton, Joe Sample and Henry Butler. For seven years, he was a member of the Billboard Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated band Los Hombres Calientes. His sound has been described as being without a ceiling or walls, something that speaks to the unmatched versatility of New Orleans musicians who take advantage of their musical and cultural environments.