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Jimmy Leach performs in many genres of music including classical, jazz, and early music. As a classical trumpeter, he has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings with such groups as the Boston Symphony Brass and Percussion, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and most recently with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony in North Dakota.

As a jazz singer and trumpeter, Jimmy has performed at Disney World, Opryland, and around the world on Holland American Line ships. Jimmy’s jazz combo recently played for the West Michigan Jazz Society concert series. (See reviews below.) Jimmy also plays jazz piano.

This past summer, Jimmy’s early music studies led him to the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, where he studied Baroque trumpet with Ed Tarr and Jean-François Madeuf, cornetto with Bruce Dickey, and voice with Evelyn Tubb. Jimmy plays Baroque trumpet with Grand Valley Baroque, and has performed with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco as well as with the Bach Collegium in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jimmy is also on the sub list for the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.

As an academic, Professor Leach has served as a music professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Southwestern College in Kansas, Hope College, and as a teaching assistant at Harvard University, where he received several teaching awards. At the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Jimmy’s research includes the music of Igor Stravinsky, specifically his Ebony Concerto and Fanfare for a New Theatre, for which he discovered a 50-year old wrong note. Professor Leach is currently teaching band, jazz, and brass at Dickinson State University.



“Jimmy Leach is an anomaly, a belated adult prodigy, and an amazing artist who plays the trumpet and sings equally well, with amazing skill and sensitivity. Lean and serious looking, he reminded me somehow, of Chris Botti but with a mop of silky brown hair and sharp facial features like Botti’s. Just back from Spain, he sang his incredible version of “Besame Mucho” in beautiful Spanish and dazzled all of us privileged to hear this wonderful talent. He plays his trumpet equally well, but last night it was all about his voice.”


—Lawrence von Ebeler, Correspondent; The New Buffalo Times (June, 2012)

“Leach’s smooth and subtle crooning on “Autumn Leaves” with the original French lyrics, as well as Portuguese on “The Girl from Ipanema” were a surprise highlight of the night. Leach also showed off his remarkable jazz chops on the opener, Dizzy’s “A Night in Tunisia.” Lush, yet understated flugelhorn work added to the ambience of his ballads. We need to experience more from Jimmy Leach down the road.”
—Mark Kahny. West Michigan Jazz Society Newsletter (November, 2013)