Jim Lutz plays trombone, bass, and keyboards in the greater NYC area. Jim also composes and produces music for a wide variety of clients around the world, and for his Patreon page, Bandcamp site, YouTube channel, and other outlets. Originally from central Michigan, Jim has appeared on stages, in recording studios, and on TV in dozens of cities around the world including Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Paris, and of course New York. His credits include Disney, Cirque du Soleil, and the TONY® and EMMY® award-winning production "Blast!"
Jim's musical journey began when he was 4 years old with his first piano lesson. Jim loves to make music that helps to tell a story, to stir emotions, and to bring a little bit more beauty into our world.
From 2010-2015, Jim was the musical director and played trombone, bass trombone, keyboards, sequences, and sound effects on Cirque du Soleil's Kooza. You can see a glimpse of Jim's work on Kooza here. More recently, Jim has spent a year as the associate bandleader and trombonist on Cirque du Soleil's Paramour in New York.
Jim earned a master's degree in jazz studies at the University of Southern California after serving for 2 years as a teaching assistant in the USC jazz department. He also earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Central Michigan University.