After his 17-year worldwide touring and recording stint with the Jazz Ambassadors, the premiere touring jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army, Jim McFalls retired from the military in 1998 to find a variety of projects awaiting him. As a freelance musician, he has been performing in an incredibly diverse array of situations. These include a three-year run with Chuck Brown, Washington, DC’s “Godfather of Go-Go,” appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, the critically acclaimed Great American Music Ensemble, and the Kennedy Center Orchestra. McFalls' recording credits include more than 50 projects as a featured soloist as well as numerous national television spots. Currently, McFalls is a regular member of the internationally renowned Capitol Bones and their larger counterpart, the Capitol Bones Big Band. He has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" with Thievery Corporation, a DC-based techno band and continues to tour extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Today, McFalls 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, Geoff Keezer, Denis DiBlasio, Ingrid Jensen, Clark Terry, Jim Ridl, Tim Hagans, Gary Thomas, Christian McBride, Ron Blake, Dave Samuels, Carl Fontana, Jon Faddis, and Toots Thielemans. McFalls' 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 McFalls busy year-round, musically connecting with students of all ages. In addition to his hectic performance and travel schedule, he is on the faculty of the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Division at Towson University and serves as the head faculty of the annual Mason/Dixon Summer Jazz Camp at Gettysburg College. As well as guest conducting county, district, and all-state level jazz ensembles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, he also appears at high schools and colleges nationwide as a Buffet Crampon/Antoine Courtois performer and clinician.
As a sideman: Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance with Dave Samuels – Heads Up Records – 2008 Latin Grammy Award Winner – Best Latin Jazz Recording Labyrinth – Marc Adler, Marc Adler Productions Where the Jade Buddha Lives – The Denis DiBlasio Quintet, Art of Life Records Thinking of Gene – Mike Berkowitz and the Gene Krupa Orchestra, Sea Breeze Records The Cosmic Game – Thievery Corporation, Eighteenth Street Records Memoir – Sandy Asirvatham, Jazz Girl Music Live at Blues Alley – The Mark Taylor/Steve Fidyk Big Band, Writegroove Productions Scat Like That – Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Rounder Records (Grammy nomination) The Best of Chuck Brown – Raw Venture Records Little Jazz Bird – Christina Crerar A Perfect Match – The Mark Taylor/Steve Fidyk Big Band, Writegroove Productions Put Your Hands Up! – A tribute concert to Chuck Brown, Raw Venture Records (DVD) A Stan Kenton Christmas – The Capitol Bones Big Band, The Capitol Bones Anything Goes – The Capitol Quartet, Summit Records Epistrophy – Matt Niess and the Capitol Bones, Sea Breeze Records It’s All In The G.A.M.E. – The Great American Music Ensemble, Doug Richards
As a leader: Caravan - The Chordless Project - Denis DiBlasio and Jim McFalls - Dreambox Media
As a member of the Jazz Ambassadors: A Tribute to Hank Levy
A Tribute to Stan Kenton
The Jazz Ambassadors
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
A Change in the Weather