NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans man is offering $3,500 for return of the silver trumpet stolen during the funeral for his brother, a rising 28-year-old jazzman called "Trumpet Black."
Travis Hill died on tour in Japan, from a dental infection that reached his heart. He was a grandson of R&B singer-songwriter Jessie Hill and a cousin of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
His brother Leroy Hill tells The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1LQTRNS) the trumpet was the family's only physical token of "Trumpet Black."
Leroy Hill presented it to their mother during the funeral May 23.
He says relatives grabbed it from a stand, the jazz funeral paraded through Treme, and the trumpet has been missing since. Hill says he realized it was gone the next day, and filed a police report May 26.