After his seventeen-year worldwide touring stint with the US Army Jazz Ambassadors, Jim retired from the military in 1998 to find a variety of projects awaiting him.
As a freelance musician, he has performed in an incredibly diverse array of situations. These included a 3-year run with Chuck Brown Washington, DC's "Godfather of Go-Go" (RIP Pops - 1936-2012) and appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Kennedy Center Orchestra.
Jim's recording credits include a 2008 Latin Grammy Award with Dave Samuels (best Latin Jazz recording), a release as a co-leader on the Dreambox Media label with Denis DiBlasio, scores of projects as a featured soloist as well as national television spots. Currently, Jim is a member of the internationally renowned Capitol Bones and Technicolor Motorhome, voted by Baltimore Magazine in 2011 as the area's best tribute band.
Jim has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" with Thievery Corporation, a Washington DC-based techno band, and he continues to perform extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Today, Jim is in great demand as both a trombonist and educator. He has performed and recorded with a veritable "who's who" of jazz luminaries to include Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Geoff Keezer, Conrad Herwig, Slide Hampton, Ingrid Jensen, Clark Terry, Jim Ridl, Gary Thomas, Eddie Daniels, Christian McBride, Michael Feinstein, Ron Blake, Dave Samuels, Jeff Coffin, Carl Fontana, Matt Wilson, and Toots Thielemans.
Jim's 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 connecting musically with students of all ages. In addition to his hectic performance and travel schedule, Jim is a full-time member of the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies faculty at Towson University, and serves on the faculty of numerous summer jazz camps.
As well as guest conducting county, district, and all-state jazz ensembles in the Mid-Atlantic region, he also appears at high schools and colleges throughout the country as a Buffet Group USA performing artist that plays exclusively on Antoine Courtois Paris trombones.
"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Nietzsche