Trumpeter John MacLeod was born in Toronto in 1955. He took his formal musical training at Humber College where he was the recipient of the music department's award for outstanding jazz improvisation in 1975.

Although his primary interest has always been in jazz performance, over the course of a twenty year career John has been involved in almost every area of the Canadian music industry. He has worked extensively in live theatre and as a backup musician for visiting entertainers such as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson and Linda Ronstadt. As an active studio musician, he has performed on soundtracks for feature films and television, as well as countless commercial jingles for radio and television.

As a freelance jazz artist, John has performed with virtually every major figure on the Toronto scene, as well as such visiting players as Zoot Sims, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Phil Woods and Maynard Ferguson. In addition to leading his own group, which has appeared at all the major jazz festivals across Canada, he is currently a member of the Duncan Hopkins Quintet and the Mike Murley Quintet, with whom he has recorded and toured with extensively. He is also a long time member of such permanently organized groups as the Spitfire Band and the world renowned Rob McConnell and Boss Brass. Of the dozens of jazz recordings he has performed on, there have been numerous Juno and Grammy Award winners.

In the mid 1980's John opened and operated a small recording studio catering exclusively to jazz music and became well known in jazz circles for his engineering and production skills. He recorded hundreds of sessions and over forty albums and CD's including two Juno awards for jazz albums of the year.

In 1986 he released his own album entitled "RUIN" on the co-operative label UNITY RECORDS he helped form and with whom he served as chairman of the board for many years.

During the 90's John's focus has shifted away from recording and towards arranging and composing. He has become the main writer for a Toronto area big band known as Freeflight (which released it's first CD early in 1997) and his charts are being performed by student bands at McGill University, Queens University, University of Toronto, Mohawk and Humber Colleges. He has studied with Ron Collier, Rob McConnell and Kenny Wheeler, and was a recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Award for composition.


Overtime Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4618
Our 25th Year Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4559
I Dreamed of Sylvia Forth Inversion Unity UTY 129
Brassy & Sassy Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4508
Time and Tide Mike Murley Unity UTY 131
The Brass is Back Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4548
Re:Action Bernie Senensky Septet Unity UTY 115
Hands On Vikrama Unity UTY 105
October 13th Brian Dickinson Unity UTY 103
The Curse Mike Murley Unity UTY 102
Rob Piltch Rob Piltch Duke Street DSRD-31047
Ruin John MacLeod Unity UTY 101
In Flight The Spitfire Band Columbia
Sentimental Journey The Spitfire Band Columbia
Swinging at the Movies The Spitfire Band Attic
Home for the Holidays The Spitfire Band RCA EP-101
Swinging Down Broadway The Spitfire Band Attic
Flight 111 The Spitfire Band Columbia PCC-80081
Mel Torme/Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4306
Brass & Woods Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Innovation JCCD0014
Arlene Smith Arlene Smith Justin Time
Atras Da Porta Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Innovation JC0010
All in Good Time Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Innovation JCCD0014
Girl Talk Holly Cole
Singing & Swinging Sharon, Lois & Bram Elephant LRN 8008
Keep the Rhythm Going Jim Galloway Wee Big Band Columbia NPCC80068
Scott Walker Scott Walker
Christopher Ward Christopher Ward Attic MIN-102
Running Wild Bob Deangelis RDA R4D23A86
On the way to Montreux Humber College "A" Band Umbrella
Jacek Kochan with John Abercrombie & Gerry Bergonzie
Even Canadians get the Blues Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4722
Play the Classics Rob Mcconnell & the Boss Brass Concord CCD-4784
First Flight Freeflight Unity UTY 152



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