Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are Jimmy’s credentials as an educator?
A: Jimmy holds a Doctor of Music Arts in trumpet performance from Boston University, where he studied with Tom Rolfs, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony. Jimmy has also studied jazz privately with Tiger Okoshi, Greg Hopkins, and Jerry Bergonzi. See CV for details.
Q: What are Jimmy’s credentials as a performer?
A: Jimmy has performed with many top groups, performers, and venues including Disney World, Opryland, Holland American Line ships in Alaska, South Pacific, and Western Caribbean, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Fenway Park, Boston Symphony Brass and Percussion, Boston Lyric Opera, North Dakota Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony and Canterbury Chorus, American Bach Soloists. See CV for complete list.
Q: What combinations of players is available with Jimmy Leach on trumpet and voice?
A: The possibilities are 1) a soloist with your community or college band, orchestra, or jazz band 2) duo with piano 3) trio with piano and bass 4) quartet with piano, bass, and drums 5) quintet with piano, bass, drums, and guitar
Q: Can Jimmy and his players also teach master classes?
A: Yes; Jimmy and his players are experienced college teachers and enjoy working with aspiring musicians.
Q: How about residencies?
A: Yes; residencies are always possible in the days surrounding a performance.
Q: Can Jimmy create custom arrangements to perform with community/college ensembles?
A: Yes; Jimmy is an avid arranger.
Q: Can Jimmy work with singers as well as instrumentalists?
A: Absolutely. With years of choir experience and private voice, Jimmy approaches jazz singing with all the considerations of healthy classical singing. His passion is helping classical musicians make subtle adjustments in their timbre, phrasing, vibrato, and articulations to have the proper dialects for jazz.
Q: Specifically, what teaching activities are possible?
A: Jimmy can teach classes on 1) improvisation for all instruments 2) scat singing for all jazz musicians 3) jazz theory, transcription, and arranging 4) jazz history 5) trumpet/brass performance 6) music of Louis Armstrong.
Q: Does Jimmy play crazy, far-out sounding jazz?