Darrell Leonard


Darrell Leonard is a Grammy and W.C Handy Award winning trumpet player, arranger, composer and producer. After growing up in Iowa and studying music at North Texas State University he moved to Los Angeles where in 1969 he met the legendary Delaney Bramlett and began a career as an active touring and recording musician.

He has played at major festivals and concert halls around the world touring with Delaney and Bonnie, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Elton  John & Leon Russell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Glenn Frey, and Little Feat. He has arranged and played on hundreds of records, films,  and TV shows  including Grammy winning recordings by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Taj Mahal, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones. His numerous TV appearances include American Bandstand, Solid Gold, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and, Conan O'Brian.


He is an active theatre composer with works that have been produced at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Most recent projects include playing and arranging horns on new projects by Jakob Dylan, Robert Randolph, Gregg Allman, and  Elton John/Leon Russell .