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New Article and Video: The USC’s Tuba Quartet “Thank You” letter to sponsors and supporters. The slide-show video with audio from the tour can also be viewed.
(Oct 2012)

New Recording: Bill Cunliffe’s Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra.
(Jun 2012)

New Composition: Mixed Nuts for three tubas and piano.
(Jun 2012)

Three New Articles: My Brother Bill – about Jim’s older brother; My Friend John Velier – about Jim’s high school friend; Oil City High School Receives a Prize Sousaphone – about Jim’s alma matar getting a new sousaphone.
(Jun 2012)

New Article: My “Ring” Memoir – about Jim’s first full Ring cycle performance.
(Nov 2011)

New Article: “Harvey Phillips Celebration Program”
(Oct 2011)

Los Tubas Trio (Jim Self, Norm Pearson, Doug Tornquist) recital at USC on 12 October 2011 (flyer) (September 2011)

Soloist at the Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonim Conference. (May 2011)

Three New Articles:

  • “Bill Scarlett Memoir”
  • “Dan Perantoni – Some Memories”
  • “Two Special Weeks”
    (May 2011)

Updated 2011 Featured soloist with USC Trojan’s Concert Band. (April 2011)

New Article: “Harvey Phillips: A Personal Memoir”. (April 2011)

Guest Artist: New England Conservatory of Music, “Brash Bash” Boston, MA Conference (http://necmusic.edu/brass-bash)
Clinic/Master Class Afternoon, Concert Evening featuring brass compositions of Jim Self with Mike Roylance, members of the Boston Symphony, faculty and students of NEC and Boston area.
Sunday, 13 Feb 2011; Boston MA. (February 2011)

New composition: The Shadow Knows for six tubas and drums (February 2011)

U.S. Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conference (http://www.usarmyband.com/tuba/)

  • Solo with the US Army Orchestra. World Premier of Bill Cunliffe’s “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra”
  • Friday, 28 Jan 2011; 7:30 PM Bruckner Hall, Ft. Myer, VA. (January 2011)
  • Clinic, Saturday, 29 Jan 2011; 10 AM Loboda Hall (January 2011)

New Article: “Doubling for Tubist” with an “Introduction”. (October 2010)

Jim’s “Tour de Force, Episodes for Wind Ensemble” free recording available at Basset Hound Music Store (May 2010)

Master Class & Concert:

  • The Ohlone College Wind Orchestra is holding a master class for Tuba on Saturday, 6 March and a concert the following day featuring Jim’s Tour de Force, Episodes for Wind Ensemble. (Feburary 2010)

Two new gigs:

  • The School of Music at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce that legendary studio tubist & composer Jim Self will present a Residency at the University of Kansas on Saturday, February 13th. (January 2010)
  • Tuba Master Class at University of Missouri – Saint Louis on Sunday, 28 February 2010 from 7-9PM (also see flyer). (January 2010)

New compositions:

  • Woojoo for eight tubas and drums
  • Danças Para Um Amigo for solo tuba, sax 4tet, vibes, and percussion
  • Tour de Force, Episodes for Orchestra
  • Tour de Force, Episodes for Wind Ensemble

(September 2009)

Jim’s “Tour de Force, Episodes for Wind Ensemble” performed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Sep 27) and SUNY Fredonia (Oct 10) (August 2009)

Jim Performs at Southwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference: (May 2009)

New Article – “Double Tuba”: History of the efforts and custom building of a double tuba (with pictures). (April 2009)
Updated 2009 solo gigs and news. (February 2009)

New Article: “Chicago 2008: A Special Week” Commentary on playing with Gene Porkorny and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (with picture). (December 2008)

New Article: “House Kills Tuba Player!” Commentary on working for the hit TV show – House. (October 2008)

New CD: The Odd Couple Straight ahead jazz quintet featuring Tuba and Harmonica playing great standards and originals (and Charlie Parker too!) (March 2008)

New compositions, New Arrangement

  • Fanfare for a Big Man for Tuba/Euphonium ensemble plus percussion
  • Violone Concerto for Solo Tuba and Brass Quintet
    (March 2007)

New composition: Sousa, Phone Home! for Two (or MORE!!) Sousaphones/Tubas — Moderate Level. (October 2006)

New composition: Polarities for Two Antiphonal Brass Quintets — Moderate Level. (September 2006)

Yamaha’s iTunes PodCast (July 2006)

CD: InnerPlay A jazz album with strings. (July 2005)

Two new compositions: Dozeandeeze for solo Trombone and piano and Euphoniums Unlimited for eight Euphoniums. (February 2004)

Check out my newest Basset Hound, Buford. His picture is on the Audio Clip page. (January 2002)

Basset Hound Music now accepts Visa and MasterCard for all orders and purchases. Of course, check orders are still accepted. (October 2001)


New arrangement: Mozart’s Divertimento in Eb – Five Movements for 14 Piece Brass Ensemble. Available at the Basset Hound Music Store. (July 2001)

Two new compositions: Mo’Ments – Three Movements for Brass Quintet and Marimba and Tail Spins – for Flute, Violin, Viola, Tuba. Both are available at the Basset Hound Music Store. (June 2001)

Pictures and an interview with me and my new horn – the FLUBA. (January 2001)

TubaChristmas is Sunday, December 10 at 7PMth. This year’s TubaChristmas is dedicated to the life of Tommy Johnson (1935-2006). (October 2006)

New Jazz Concerts Announcement, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (October 2006)

Two New Articles (Feburary 2006)

New European Concerts Announcement (Feburary 2006)

Tommy Johnson’s Memento Book Presentation (August 2005)

Picture of my newly restored 1938 York. The work was done by Lee Stofer. (January 2005)

My Tuba Master Classes, Clinic, and Solos in 2005 on the News page. (December 2004)

New Horn Take a look at my new horn — the Selfone. (September 2004)

Backstage picture with John WIlliams from Jim’s Tuba Solo in June 2004. (September 2004)

New CD: Size Matters A jam session with the Bill Scarlett Quartet featuring Jim Self. (May 2004)

I write about the life of a professional tuba studio musician on the Articles page.

My America now available. Five enticing audio samples are available.

Special Sale on my Tricky Lix album at the Basset Hound Music Store.

Over 1/3 off – now just $10 (reg $16).

Nine new audio samples from my recordings are available for your listening pleasure. The samples are from Jim’s albums Changing Colors,

Tricky Lix, and New Stuff. Links to all of the audio samples are available.

New composition: Flying Circus – Three Movements for Large Brass and Percussion Ensemble. Available at the Basset Hound Music Store.

My CD The Big Stretch – New Music for Tuba is available at the Basset Hound Music Store.