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Jim Self

Jim Self is a Los Angeles freelance musician, a veteran of over 1400 motion picture scores, hundreds of television shows and records, and is tuba soloist on many prominent movies. His tuba was the "Voice of the Mothership" in John Williams score to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Recent films include War of the Worlds, Lemony Snicket, Legend of Zorro, King Kong, Ice Age/Meltdown, Eight Below, X Men 3, All the King’s Men and Evan Almighty. He is Principal Tuba/Cimbasso with the Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific orchestras

Album

Out on the Coast

Label: Basset Hound Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: (Disc 1): Out on the Coast; Wig; Alone Together; L’ilo Vasche; Prelude to a Kiss; Ah Rite!; Wild Strawberries; Hershey Bar; (Disc 2): Between; Lover Man; Leaves; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Deep 2; Moonlight; Out on the Coast 3; Autumn in New York; (Disc 3): Latka Variations; This Time the Dream’s on Me; Love Letter to Pythagoras; Waiting for a Train Part 2; Dark Passage; L.A. Mysterioso.

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Article: Album Review

David Angel: Out on the Coast

Read "Out on the Coast" reviewed by Jack Bowers


David Angel, one of the West Coast's best-kept secrets, earns a long-overdue hour or three in the sun and makes every moment count on Out on the Coast, a superlative three-disc anthology that bundles fifteen of his luminous original compositions with seven jazz standards in an invariably pleasurable and charming package. When not teaching, writing or ...

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Article: Album Review

David Angel Jazz Ensemble: Out on the Coast

Read "Out on the Coast" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Every now and then one runs across musicians or composers who are well-known by their peers, or who have carved out loyal followings regionally, but who at the same time have for whatever reason escaped the notice of the wider jazz community. Los Angeles-based saxophonist/bandleader David Angel would certainly fall into that category, despite a career ...

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News: Recording

Prolific Composer/Arranger David Angel Teams With Tuba Master Jim Self For Extraordinary 3-Disc Anthology, 'Out On The Coast'

Prolific Composer/Arranger David Angel Teams With Tuba Master Jim Self For Extraordinary 3-Disc Anthology, 'Out On The Coast'

David Angel is one of the most respected composer/arrangers on the West Coast; however, he is virtually unknown to the general public. That is why tuba and bass trombone master Jim Self decided it was time to rectify that situation. He brought together The David Angel Jazz Ensemble to record Out On The Coast, a gorgeous ...

Album

Yo!

Label: Basset Hound Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Cal’s Pals; Poinciana; For Charlie; Encognito; Sweetest Blue; Quiero Llegar; Yo!; Old Arrival; Morning.

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Article: Album Review

Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band: Yo!

Read "Yo!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


A tuba in a Latin jazz band? Jim Self, what were you thinking? No matter. Whatever you were thinking, the end result is far more agreeable than even you could have imagined. Yo! (sorry, we can't handle the upside down exclamation point) is a generally delightful album by Self's well-bred nonet, due in no small measure ...

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'Tis the Season TUBA Jolly!

Label: Bassett Hound Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Jingle Bells; Angels We Have Heard on High; White Christmas; Let It Snow; Noel, Noel; Jolly Old St. Nicholas; Somewhere in My Memory; Winter Wonderland; ‘Tis the Season TUBA Jolly; Frosty the Snowman; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Valse des Fleurs; Here Comes Santa Claus; What Child Is This; Joy TUBA World; The Christmas Song; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; Two Hanukah Songs (Mo’oz Tur / S’vivon); Sleigh Ride; Silent Night; Dog Tags.

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Article: Album Review

The Hollywood Tuba 12: 'Tis the Season TUBA Jolly!

Read "'Tis the Season TUBA Jolly!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As would be anticipated, there's a lot of huffin' and puffin'--as well as a surprisingly wide range of color and modulation--on 'Tis the Season TUBA Jolly!, a delightful holiday album by tuba maestro Jim Self and the Hollywood Tuba 12. Its name notwithstanding, there aren't a dozen tubas present on any given track but a mere ...

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Article: Big Band Report

"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

Read ""Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor" reviewed by Jack Bowers


From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...


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