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After his seventeen-year worldwide touring and recording stint with the Jazz Ambassadors, the premiere touring jazz ensemble of the US Army, Jim retired from the military in 1998 to find a variety of projects awaiting him. As a freelance musician, he has been performing in an incredibly diverse array of situations. These include a 3-year run with Chuck Brown, Washington, DCs Godfather of Go-Go, appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, the critically acclaimed Great American Music Ensemble, and the Kennedy Center Orchestra. Jims recording credits include more than 50 projects as a featured soloist as well as numerous national television spots. Currently, Jim is a regular member of the internationally renowned Capitol Bones and their larger counterpart, the Capitol Bones Big Band. He has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" with Thievery Corporation, a DC-based techno band and continues to tour extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Today, Jim is in great demand as both a trombonist and educator. He has performed and recorded with a veritable whos who of jazz luminaries to include Dave Liebman, Geoff Keezer, Denis DiBlasio, Ingrid Jensen, Clark Terry, Jim Ridl, Slide Hampton, Tim Hagans, Gary Thomas, Christian McBride, Ron Blake, Dave Samuels, Jeff Coffin, Carl Fontana, Jon Faddis, and Toots Thielemans. Jims unique style of teaching - combining enthusiasm, motivation, inspiration and humor - helps create an environment where students are eager to learn and unafraid to take chances. This approach helps keep Jim busy year-round, musically connecting with students of all ages. In addition to his hectic performance schedule, Jim is on the faculty of the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Division at Towson University and serves as head faculty of the annual Mason/Dixon Summer Jazz Camp at Gettysburg College. As well as guest conducting county, district, and all-state level jazz ensembles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Jim also appears at high schools and colleges nationwide as a Buffet Crampon/Antoine Courtois performer and clinician and plays Courtois trombones exclusively.
As a member of the Jazz Ambassadors:
Tribute to Hank Levy