News & Events

Jim’s latest album Odd Couple. Straight ahead jazz quintet featuring Tuba and Harmonica playing great standards and originals (and Charlie Parker too!)

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Jim’s album InnerPlay. Featuring Gary Foster, Pete Christlieb, Terry Trotter, The Jay Rosen Strings, others, and Jim Self. “InnerPlay” is a collection of great jazz tunes with strings.

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Jim’s album Size Matters. Featuring Bill Scarlett, Bill Swann, Taylor Coker, Daryll Johnson, and (of course) Jim Self. “Size Matters” is a swingin’ straight ahead be-bop standards and originals–recorded live (like a jam session).

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Jim’s album My America. Featuring all American tunes arranged by Kim Scharnberg for Jim and friends.

A big variety of sounds from FLUBA to eight sousaphones. Arrangements also include tuba, trombone, and guitar; FLUBA and piano; and tuba/FLUBA, trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, violin, cello, string bass, piano, and drums.

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Jim’s album The Big Stretch is available. With music written by Jim and others, featuring Los Tubas (a group of “loose” LA Tuba Players). Guest artists include Tommy Johnson, Winston Morris, Gene Pokorny, Norm Pearson, Fred Greene, Doug Tornquist, Loren Marsteller, Malcolm McNab and Bill Booth.

A big variety of music from solo tuba to six tubas, tuba and piano, brass quintet, tuba and harp, and tuba and midi. One piece, POLKA.COM, is a “wacky” mix of Frankie Yankovic, Donna Summer and Scott Joplin.

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Jim’s Solo Gigs

  • Sataurday, 15 October 2011. Indiana, PA
    Festival of Friends Celebration Remembering Harvey Phillips
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA
    Saturday, 15 October 2011
    See Flyer for details
  • Wednesday, 12 October 2011. Los Angeles, CA
    Los Tubas Trio will present a Faculty Tuba Recital at USC’s Newman Hall
    Los Tubas Trio:

    • Jim Self
    • Norm Pearson
    • Doug Tornquist

Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Music by Bill Cunliffe, Anton Reicha, and Ludwig Beethoven
World Premiers by David Jones, Jim Self, Ann McGinty, and Steven J. Williams.
Concert is free to the public – Voluntary donations to the Tommy and Pat Johnson Tuba Scholarship Fund are welcome.
Directions at

  • Saturday, 21 May 2011. Flagstaff, AZ
    Soloist at the Southwest Regional Tuba Euphoniun Conference
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Saturday, 21 May 2011
    Jim will be playing:

    • Bill Cunliffe’s Tuba Concerto
    • “The Clarinet Polka”
    • Jim’s own “Sousa, Phone Home” (with 6 former and current students)

Conference details at

  • Sunday, 17 April 2011. Los Angeles, CA
    Featured Soloist with the USC Trojan Concert Band
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sunday, 17 April 2011
    Bovard Auditorium University of Southern California 3551 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089
    The concert is conducted by Dr. Art Bartner
    Jim will be playing:

    • “Cavatina” (theme from the movie “The Deerhunter”)
    • “The Clarinet Polka”
    • Jim’s own “Sousa, Phone Home” (with USC tuba major Danny Garcia)

For ticket info:

  • Sunday, 18 July 2010. East Stroudsburg, PA Guest Soloist and Clinician at the Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop East Stroudsburg, PA Sunday, 18 July 2010 See website ( for details
  • March 6, 2010, 10-12AM. Fremont, CA Ohlone College Band Room (2125) Freemont, CATuba Master Class
    Saturday, 6 Mar 2010 from 10-12AM
    This event is open to everyone Admission is $20, Ohlone Tuba Ensemble members are free
    Ohlone College Band Room (2125) Freemont, CA
  • March 7, 2010, 6PM. Fremont, CA
    Smith Center at Ohlone College
    Freemont, CA
    Jim Self’s Tour de Force will be performed along with other works
    See flyer (375K) for details
  • February 28, 2010, 7-9PM. Saint Louis, Missouri
    J.C. Penny Conference Center
    University of Missouri – Saint Louis St Louis, MOTuba Master Class Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 from 7-9PM
    This event is free and open to everyone
    Bring your instrument for a reading session following the performance
    Location details (also see flyer):
    J.C. Penney Conference Center on UMSL’s campus
    St Louis, MO 63121
    The J.C. Penney Conference Center is building #2 on the UMSL map (Google Map)
  • February 13, 2010. Lawrence, Kansas University of Kansas Lawrence, KSResidency at the University of Kansas 10am – Master class (Room 130 Murphy Hall) 11:30am – Presentation on the Career of Jim Self 12:30pm – Lunch break 2pm – Jim Self on Composition 4pm – “The Music of Jim Self Concert” (Swarthout Recital Hall), featuring Jim Self, the Tuba Section of the Fountain City Brass Band & Friends, The Thunder All Star Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and KU Brass students.All events are FreeThis residency by Jim Self is made possible by a generous grant from Reach Out Kansas and the Zaukoura Family Foundation.Contact Scott Watson, KU Prof. of Tuba-Euphonium at for more information
  • September 27, 2009 2PM. Indiana, PA
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA
    IUP Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp, Conducting Tour de Force, Episodes for Wind Ensemble, Jim Self (2009) World Premier 2:00 PM
    Fisher Auditorium
    Indiana University of PennsylvaniaMore Info:
    Cogswell Hall, Room 103
    422 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1071
    Phone: (724) 357-2390
    IUP Event Calendar Listing
  • October 10, 2009 8PM. Fredonia, NY
    SUNY Fredonia
    Fredonia, NYFredonia Wind Ensemble, Paula Holcomb, Conducting Tour de Force, Episodes for Wind Ensemble, Jim Self (2009) 8:00 PM
    King Auditorium
    SUNY FredoniaMore Info:
    Mason Hall
    SUNY Fredonia
    Fredonia, NY 14063
    Phone: (716) 673-3151
    music [AT]

Previous Engagements

  • May 29, 2009 8PM. Los Angeles, CA
    Biola University
    La Mirada (Los Angeles), CASouthwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SWRTEC 2009)Jim Self will be playing a Jazz Concert at the upcoming Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Los Angeles, Friday, May 29th at 8 PM at Biola University. The concert will also feature the great Bill Reichenbach on jazz euphonium. Harmonica virtuoso Ron Kalina (from their recent CD “The Odd Couple”) will also be featured on that instrument and piano. LA studio and jazz greats Barry Zweig, guitar; Chris Conner, bass and Dick Weller, drums are in the rhythm section.SWRTEC will be three days of great tuba and euphonium concerts, clinics and competitions and is hosted by Beth Mitchell and Dave Holben. This will be the BEST OF THE WEST.See for more information.
  • March 29, 2009 4PM. Los Angeles, CA
    USC Bovard Auditorium
    Los Angeles, CAUSC Thornton Wind Ensemble Concert
    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery, Conductors
    “On the Wing” for Solo Tuba and Wind Ensemble, composed and performed by Jim Self.
    “Polarities” for Two Antiphonal Brass Quintets, composed by Jim Self
  • June 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM Cincinnati, OH
    Jim will receive the Life-Time Achievement Award at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference at the Cincinnati Conservatory
    The same evening he will be a featured soloist with the US Army Jazz AmbassadorsSee for more information.
  • April 27, 2008 at 2:30 and 4:00 PM Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles Pierce College Performing Arts Building
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Program includes:

    • Polarities (for Two Antiphonal Brass Quintets)…Jim Self
    • On the Wing for Solo Tuba and Wind Ensemble….Jim Self
    • Encore: Clarinet Polka
    • Encore: Piccolo Part to Stars and Stripes with Susan Greenberg, Piccolo

With Los Angeles Winds

  • April 17-19, 2008 at 8:00PM. April 20 at 3PM Orange County, CA Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Symphony World Premier: Tour de Force (Episodes for Orchestra) by Jim Self April 19th Concert will be live on KUSC 91.5FM. Concert also features: Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis and Hilary Hawn playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto Tickets:
  • November 11-12, 2006 (Saturday-Sunday) Indiana, PA Jazz Band Concert Saturday Evening (11 Nov) — Guest soloist with IUP Jazz Band Sunday Afternoon (12 Nov) — Guest soloist with IUP Alumni Jazz Band Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana, PA. More Info Contact: Kevin Eisensmith <tptprof AT>
  • March 17-18, 2006 (Friday-Saturday) St. Peter. MN. Guest Soloist and Clinician, Tubonium Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter. MN. More Info:
  • March 4, 2006 (Saturday) Franklin, PA Concert — 7:30 PM Franklin High School Auditorim Franklin, PA Performing Bruce Broughton Tuba Concerto (and Encore) With Erie Philharmonic Orchestra
  • March 20-30, 2006 Pacific Symphone Orchestra European Tour
March 20 Munich, Philharmonie am Gasteig
March 21 Frankfort, Alte Oper
March 22 Hannover, Congress Centrum
March 23 Friedrichhafen, Graf Zeppelin Haus
March 24 Lucerne, Kultur-und Kongresszentrum
March 27 Dusseldorf, Tonhalle
March 28 Essen, Philharmonie
March 29 Cologne, Philharmonie
March 30 Vienna, Konzerthaus

Programs to include:

  • Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
  • Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet
  • Gershwin, Porgy and Bess
  • Zhou Long, Two Poems from T’ang
  • Shostakovich, Cello Concerto (with Lynn Harrell)
  • Ravel, Piano Concerto (with Pascal Roge)


Watch the skies. You may see Jim flying to his next gig in his Piper Arrow. The picture on the left is Jim with the original paint job. The right picture shows the detail on the tail with his new call number (N4-1-2Ba).