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Guest Name
Darrell Leonard
Guest Occupation
Award winning trumpet player, arranger, and composer
Guest Biography


Darrell Leonard is a Grammy and W.C. Handy Award winning trumpet player, arranger, and composer.

After growing up in Iowa he studied music at North Texas State University before heading west to Los Angeles in 1969 and began a long career as a recording and touring musician.

Years with Delaney and Bonnie & Friends, Dr. John, Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John & Leon Russell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Glenn Frey, Little Feat, Billy Vera, and The Blues Brothers have taken him to major festivals, concert halls, and recording studios around the world.

Darrell arranged an played on hundreds of records, films, and TV shows including Grammy winning recordings by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo and Oscar winning “We Belong Together” by Randy Newman in Toy Story 3.

He‘s part of the composing team led by T Bone Burnett on the HBO series True Detective and composed music for theatre works with Academy Award winning director Eric Simonson at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

Additionally he writes for and leads his own big band, the Line Up, and plays around Los Angeles with the eclectic quintet, The Sidewinders.