You can read about his weekly travels/travails here.
Last night, Jim stayed a few extra hours to play a recital here. He gives one of these recitals every year, always featuring a few of his own quirky pieces – virtuosic, improvisational forays for trombone, usually with extended techniques, sometimes with electronics. They’re not really my bag, but I’m glad he does them, because I like the fact that we offer our students and our community a wide assortment of music.
This concert also featured the premiere of Attachment by Jesse Blair, one of our composition students. We had a competition this year for our students to write pieces for various combinations; the three winners are having their pieces premiered on faculty concerts. Jesse is a first-year grad student studying with Michael Rothkopf, and his solo trombone piece was our first winner of the season.
As I post this, Jim is on his way back to LA. Don’t know how he does it, but you gotta love the results.