Jim is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies and the Founder of Mason Jazz Studies at George Mason University. His teaching positions include: Topics in Jazz Studies, Introduction to Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Improvisation I & II, and the Mason Jazz Ensemble. Jim Graduated with a B.M. in Saxophone Performance and a M.M. of Woodwinds and Jazz at Indiana University.
Professor Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd. Jim 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 each of the Fifty States, Europe and the Far East. He has performed at the Aurex, Nice, Bern, Concord, Montreux, Kool, Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Perugia, and Pori jazz festivals. Active as an educator, he has taught at Butler University, Capital University and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.
He has authored 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 main entrance of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Mr. 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 George Mason University.
Mr. 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.
Jim resides in Manassas, Virginia with his wife Janette.