Guitarist Peter Leitch is self-taught, alhough some studies for classical guitar were a part of his early introduction to the instrument. Born in Ottawa in 1944 but raised in Montreal he started playing at the early age of 16. "Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Rene Thomas were my favourite four guitarists back then", Peter remembers. Belgium's Thomas lived in Montreal from 1956 to 1961, and came back to visit a few times after that. "Rene was the first jazz guitarist I ever heard" says Peter.
In Montreal he worked in local clubs and recorded with Sadik Hakim on the CBC label. When he later moved to Toronto he joined the Phil Nimmons band 'Nimmons and Nine plus Six', did some television appearances with this band and with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Peter Appleyard.
During the next five years Peter had a variety of gigs that helped strengthen his ability and technique - Kenny Wheeler, Red Norvo, Clark Terry, Pat LaBarbera, Jim Galloway, Sam Noto and others too numerous to mention. In 1982 he felt the urge to move to New York and continue his studies. Along with the lessons he was able to play with other musicians - Milt Jackson, Pepper Adams, Jaki Byard, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest and Woody Shaw, and finally decided to make New York his home base.
Since the mid 1980's Peter has been busy teaching, recording for Criss Cross, Concord and Reservoir as a leader and playing in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
|Recommended recordings:||"Sometime in Another Life" with George McFetridge||Jazz House Productions 7002 (LP)|
|"Portraits and Dedications"||Criss Cross 1039 CD|
|"Exhileration"||Reservoir RSR CD 118|
|"Mean What You Say"||Concord CCD-4417|
|"A Special Rapport"||Reservoir RSR CD 129|
|"Duality" with John Hicks||Reservoir RSR CD 134|