started guitar at the age 7 with guitar great and father Harry Leahey. His love of all things “guitar” has led him to a wide spectrum of styles. From 1981 to present, he’s played locally in NJ/NY clubs, bars, and theaters with a wide range of musical acts. You can catch him still playing with just about every band he’s ever played with!


Jimmy has toured with national acts.12 years with John Waite

(The Baby’s, Bad English),

Glen Burtnik for a number of years. Currently, Jim is on tour with Styx singer pianist/songwriter Dennis DeYoung.


His performances and reputation as a dependable sideman has landed him gigs with Patty Smyth (Scandal) , Martha Davis (The Motels), Chris Cagle (CMT), Anna Nalick (Sony Records, Breath 2a.m.), Dionne Farris (Arrested Development), Jill Rock Jones (Bad Boy South),  Gloria Gaynor, Alison Krauss (Union Station)


Jim Proudly uses

Taylor Guitars

D'Addario Strings

Fender Guitars and Amps

ADEL/Audio 64 inear monitors



Jim also enjoys teaching in his home state of NJ!