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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

Yo!

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

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 ...

'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.

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 ...

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 ...

"A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name

Read ""A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With an appreciative bow and genial tip of the hat to the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute named its semi-annual big-band soiree May 21-24 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel “A Swingin' Affair." Was the event able to live up to its name? In the immortal words of ...

InnerPlay

Label: Bassett Hound Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Speak Like A Child; There Is No Greater Love; Pensativa; I Loves You Porgy and Bess You Is My Woman; Cipriana; That Morning in May; The Underdog Has Risen; No More Blues; Strollin'; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Self: InnerPlay

Read "InnerPlay" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Jim Self has been an accomplished tuba player for many decades. Despite the fact that he spent several years in the Don Ellis Orchestra and his recorded history dates back to the early-1960s Jon Hendricks Evolution of the Blues session, most of his work has been on Hollywood sound stages. He has appeared on over 1,300 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Self: Innerplay

Read "Innerplay" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non sono solo i musicisti come Anthony Braxton o Roscoe Mitchell a sorprenderci con strumenti insoliti impiegati in veste solista. Anche in ambito mainstream si introducono nuovi strumenti per eseguire le melodie conosciute. Jim Self ci prova con la fluba, una via di mezzo fra la tuba ed il flicorno, da lui suonata con notevole perizia ...


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