A gifted trumpeter with a drinking problem…
Wearing a old, worn, brown suit and smelling of stale whiskey, Leroy Turner is a sad sack of a man with a lip that can make a trumpet sing.
Leroy Turner is a top-notch trumpeter, but his drinking is ruining his reputation. He’s talented enough to get good gigs, but too unreliable to keep them. Mitch Wester is Leroy’s last chance. He’s given Leroy a gig with Mitch Wester’s 5-Stars. Mitch feels sorry for Leroy, who has been a different person ever since his girlfriend, Marnie Smeaton, was killed in a hit-and-run-accident.
Turner’s trumpet also raises Freddie Fayette from the dead when Leroy plays at his New Orleans-style funeral.
Archie Bonato button-pusher, Joey Larson, kidnaps Turner when he realizes what the trumpeter is capable of. Leroy confronts the trumpet’s power while being held hostage at Bonato’s East Harlem warehouse, escapes from Roger Daniels and his g-men, and makes his way to Trinity Christian Cemetery to raise his lost love, Marnie Smeaton.
Turner is killed by Alistair Sinclair as he attempts to play the trumpet at Smeaton’s grave.