Trumpeter, composer, and arranger Jimmy Smith is one of the most sought after young musicians in the Midwest. Jimmy recently relocated to the Detroit area from New York City. He holds a Masters degree in jazz performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music, and is an alumnus of The Berklee College of Music as well as Wayne State University. Also a music educator, Jimmy has held numerous artist in residence positions in the NYC public schools, he is the director of the “Summer Rocks” program at the Detroit School of Rock and Pop music. He has also held positions at Oakland Hills Music camp and was the founder of the Oakland Trumpet workshop. Jimmy is a certified music teacher in Michigan.
In addition to being a member of the The Motor City Horns, Jimmy is also a member of the Latin band Saoco, the Paul Keller Orchestra, Bobby Streng’s House Big Band, and The Motor City Jazz Orchestra. Active in the musical landscape, he has performed and with a number of regional and national artists and acts, including The Verve Pipe, Alexander Zonjic, Alberta Adams, and The Temptations.
Jimmy has also performed with jazz legend Jimmy Heath, trumpeters Jim Rotondi, Michael Phillip Mossman, Antonio Hart, The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison and The Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra.
Jimmy has recorded for national television commercials in Detroit. He has also recorded with The Men of Grace, (Kenny Flav’s) Wayne Kounty, The Motor City Horns, and Bret Puchir’s Chicken Bucket All-stars. Recently Jimmy arranged and recorded the title track for singer songwriter Jeff Scott’s new album “You Saved Me.” He also recently arranged and recorded for singer songwriter Stewart Francke whos new album features Rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Mitch Rider. With Francke he had the honor of opening for Rock and Roll legend Bob Seger on the opening night of Seger’s 2011 tour.