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More than 20 years on the Canadian music scene have firmly established John MacLeod as a respected and sought-after arranger/composer/trumpeter. John has scored music for ensembles ranging from string quartet to full symphony orchestra. He wrote the arrangements for the acclaimed symphonic tribute to Louis Armstrong – featuring renowned American trumpeter Marcus Belgrave – which has been performed by the Windsor, Detroit and Kingston Symphonies.

John is the principal composer/arranger for the Toronto-based big band Freeflight which was recently voted “Big Band Of The Year” by Jazz Report Magazine and has released two CD’s on Sony Records, one of which was nominatedfor a Juno Award.

In 1999, John was commissioned to write several big band arrangements for an Oscar Peterson tour. Grants for composition from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, have enabled him to complete numerous original compositions for large jazz ensembles, as well as a string quartet. Professional, community, and student groups across Canada, the U.S. and Europe are performing his big band charts.

Widely known for his talents as a jazz trumpet/flugelhorn soloist, John was a featured soloist with the world-renowned Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass for over 15 years. Two of the recordings on which he played with the Boss Brass went on to win Grammy awards. He also has two Juno awards to his credit, for "Two Sides" with Mike Murley and "In Transition" with Brian Dickinson which John both produced and played on.
A frequent guest performer at jazz festivals across Canada, John is currently a member of the David Braid Sextet, the Duncan Hopkins Quintet, and the Mike Murley Quintet with whom he has recorded and toured extensively since the late 80's. He is also bandleader of the new Rex Hotel Orchestra which features many of Canada’s top jazz musicians.

As a freelance jazz artist, John has worked with international names such as Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Gerry Bergonzi, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombe, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Clark Terry.
He has also had an active career as a backup musician, playing for dozens of international artists including Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Linda Ronstadt and in theatrical orchestra pits (Les Misérables and Fosse).

John has taught at York University, the University of Toronto and Humber College and has performed, coached and conducted with numerous groups in Denmark. He is a graduate of Humber College where he received the Moe Koffman/ Al Michalek Scholarship Award in 1975 for outstanding jazz improvisation.

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