Detroit based trumpeter, composer, and arranger Jimmy Smith is among the most sought after musicians in the Midwest. 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 artists in residence positions in the NYC public schools, and is a certified music teacher in Michigan. Jimmy is currently a instructor of music theory and jazz history at DIME in Detroit.

He recently released 3 albums as a co-leader (with The Hughes/Smith Quintet). Recently he released his 4th album as a co-leader with the Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet on Shifting Paradigm Records.

““Hot stuff throughout that never quits." - Midwest Record, 5/17/19

Jimmy is a founding member of The Woodward Horns. An active freelance musician, he has performed with a number of regional and national artists/acts, including The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Verve Pipe, Alexander Zonjic, Mitch Ryder, Stewart Francke, Jill Jack, Karen Newman, Melvin Davis, Pat Lewis, Johnnie Bassett, The Paul Keller Orchestra, Ben Sharkey, Nicole New and Bobby Murray.

Jimmy along with James Hughes hosts a jam session every the first Wednesday of each month at Cliff Bell's in Detroit, MI. Monthly they feature a different themes and rhythm sections.