George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

James Carroll


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  • 703-993-1377 (office)
  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A327B
    4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Jim Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd.  Carroll received both his undergraduate and graduate training from Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker and Eugene Rousseau.

His travels have taken him to major venues in all 50 states, Europe and the Far East. Active as an educator, he has taught at Butler University, Capital University and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. He has written several volumes through Hal Leonard’s Artists Transcriptions series, including a collaboration with jazz legend Sonny Rollins. His arrangement and performance of The Ballgame can be heard at the main entrance of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Carroll was a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in residence at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. He performed, recorded and toured with the group until 1999, when he assumed the position as director of jazz studies at Mason.  Carroll is the founder and artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Connection.  He is passionate about spreading the word of the power of the arts to bring people together, change lives and do good in the world.


MM, Woodwind Performance, Indiana University (1979)

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Professor

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