Trumpeter and singer Jimmy Leach plays and sings the great jazz standards of the 20th century. With a lyrical tenor voice and flawless trumpet technique, Jimmy brings to life the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome Kern. His set list includes jazz, rock, Latin, and pop composers such as Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Leon Russell, Jimmy Webb, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Jimmy’s concerts have something for everyone including songs performed in Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Hebrew, and French.
“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)