James C. (Jimmy) Larocca was born in New Orleans on 27 October 1939. He grew up in New Orleans and was taught trumpet by his father Nick Larocca when he was ten years old. Later, he took trumpet lessons from George Jensen of Loyola University in New Orleans.
He is from a family of musicians on his father’s side: his grandfather Giacomo Larocca was a cornet player and his grandmother was from a musician’s family as well.
At this time Currently, he is the leader of the “Original Dixieland Jazz Band”, founded by his father Nick in 1916. He plays traditional jazz and has four CDs out.