|Tags:||jazz guitar guitar jazz melodic bebop swinging jazz-instrumental jazz guitarists under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
19 August 1944, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada. Leitch was raised in Montreal, playing guitar there in the early 60s and later in Toronto. He listened to jazz on record and live, sometimes sitting in with visiting artists. Among musicians he heard and from whom he learned were John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery and Thelonious Monk. Inevitably, his jazz orientation was towards the modern end of the spectrum. Nevertheless, anyone interested in playing popular music in those years was influenced by many other genres whether by osmosis or through the need to earn a living by taking available engagements. Consequently, Leitch played with R&B and organ groups, and in back-up bands for many different kinds of entertainers. As his skills and reputation developed, he worked with several prominent leaders, sometimes on recording dates. Among these were Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest, Woody Shaw and Pepper Adams. The wide range of music represented by those...