Jimmy McConnell relocated in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California a few years ago. He comes from Louisiana, the state of origin of jazz.. He spent most of his adult life in Kansas City, the city that claims the greatest jazz musicians that ever lived---Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Mary Lou Williams, Bennie Moten, Jay McShan and many others.
Jimmy has performed with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Jack McDuff, Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 (musical director on a brief tour), Arthur Prysock, B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Martha & The Vandellas, Isaac Hayes, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, backed Nancy Wilson, Lou Donaldson, O.C. Smith, Ernie Andrews, Barbara Morrison, & many others.
Jimmy has put together one of the better music aggregation in the world, featuring some of the great names in the music business in his band (bygband). He is also leader of the UNITED JAZZ QUINTET (UJQ))
Jimmy’s trumpet can be heard in Clint Eastwood’s movies, "Bird," , "A Brand New Life" with Barbara Edens & Don Murray, "Lame Duck," and “Harlem Knights," among several others.