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Born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi, Barry started playing guitar at age 12,
inspired by both rock and blues. Barry attended the Univ. of Southern Miss. where he
earned a B.M. in Jazz studies. Performed and or recorded with a wide variety of acts
including the Dee Barton Orchestra, HBO, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Carmine Appice and
Dorothy Moore. He has opened for Yes and Johnnyswim (Donna Summers daughter) to
name a few. He is an arranger, writer and singer involved in many groups and recording
projects. Barry has produced two CD’s with “The Vamps”, a soul-jazz ensemble, a solo
project entitled “Stepfingers”, and a jazz standards collection with “The Barry Leach
Group”. His performances are an eclectic blend of many styles and genres that enhance
all musical endeavors. Barry has been voted “Best Musician” several times by the
Jackson Free Press. In addition to performing and recording Barry is also an educator and
has numerous private students.