Trumpeter/composer/arranger Jimmy Smith, recently relocated to the Detroit area from New York City. He holds a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music, is an alumnus of Wayne State University, and has studied at the Berklee School of Music. As a music educator, Jimmy has held numerous artist-in-residence positions in the New York City public schools. He is the director of the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music’s Summer Rocks! program, and holds a State of Michigan music teacher certification.

In addition to being a member of the Motor City Horns, he is also a member of The Paul Keller Orchestra, Bobby Streng’s House Big Band, and the Motor City Jazz Orchestra. Active in the musical landscape, he has performed with a number of regional and national artists and acts, including The Verve Pipe, Alexander Zonjic, Karen Newman, Alberta Adams, Melvin Davis, Pat Lewis, Johnnie Bassett, and The Temptations.

Jimmy has performed with jazz legend Jimmy Heath, trumpeters Jim Rotondi and Michael Philip Mossman, and saxophonist Antonio Hart, as well as the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, and Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. During his tenure in NYC, Jimmy also led his own group, The Jimmy Smith Sextet.

Jimmy has recorded for film soundtracks, and for national and international television commercials. He has recorded with Men of Grace, Kenny Flav presents Wayne Kounty, the Motor City Horns, Stewart Francke, Bob Mervak, Jeff Scott, and Bret Puchir’s Chicken Bucket.



From Here On Out (2013)

James Hughes & Jimmy Smith Quintet

(feat. Phil Kelly, Nate Winn & Takashi Iio)


Chains of Love (2013)

Melvin Davis

Gure Gauza Label

Happiness (2013)

PKO w/ Sarah D

PKO Records (2013)

Getting Housed (2012)

Bobby Streng’s House Big Band

Hit & Run (2012)

Lakeshore Records

Love Implied (2012)

Stewart Francke

Blue Boundary Records

Heartless World (2011)

Stewart Francke

Blue Boundary Records

Bob and Iz (2011)

Bob Mervak and Isabel Nelson

Funky Country (2010)

Bret Puchir and The Chicken Bucket All-Stars

Local Boys (2009)

The Motor City Horns and Friends

Brass Jar Music

The Movement (2005)

Kenny Flav Presents Wayne Kounty

I Believe (2003)

Men of Grace