What people say…

“James Nova takes us on journey through John Williams’ Star Wars scores with a deep personal touch blending his passion and totally off the charts playing of the entire trombone family with the most current recording technology. An enormous undertaking that accomplishes an absolutely thrilling result.”

- Norman Bolter (Trombone - Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra (retired), Professor of Trombone - New England Conservatory, Co-director of the Frequency Band)

"Want to be WOWED? Order your copy of James Nova’s A Fall From Light to Dark. Amazing playing and consummate arranging skills from Mr. Nova. -So impressed. Bravo Jim!"

- Joseph Alessi (Principal Trombone - New York Philharmonic, Professor of Trombone - The Juilliard School)

"I have been listening with great delight to Jim Nova's recent recording A Fall from Light to Dark and I must tell you this is a must have for every trombonist in the world. Each carefully crafted arrangement shows off the instrument gloriously and displays the fullest emotional and musical range I've ever heard in a single person's multi-track recording. Every part; soprano, alto, through tenor, bass and contrabass is exquisitely performed and the blend of the parts is simply awesome.  Jim's performance is world class. He effortlessly and flawlessly hauls off what were originally string, woodwind, horn and trumpet parts! This recording is destined to become a classic among trombonists and introduces non-trombonists to the technical and musical possibilities way beyond what most people associate with our instrument. Bravo, Jim! Your recording will inspire trombonists all over the world and remind us all why we love to make music! Bravo!!"

- Alex Iles (LA Studio trombonist - Performer on numerous film scores including The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Principal Trombone - Long Beach Symphony) 

“James Nova takes the much-loved and familiar "Star Wars" legend and draws the listener inside this mythical realm in new and surprising ways. He does so via not only his extraordinary facility on the extended family of trombones, his mastery of the “Novadub” method and his having arranged himself this collection of some of the most memorable of John Williams’ music, but also by weaving the threads of his own palpable passion and personal life story into what becomes, for the listener and himself, an intriguingly unique, immersive magic carpet (aircraft!) ride back "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,”... but with a twist. The journey not only brings us back to the story we all think we know but invites us to experience novel vistas in the myth and in ourselves. Bravo, Jim, on your success with this massive musical and personal project, from light to darkness (outside and inside), then skillfully leaving the listener, in spite of all that has transpired, with a glimpse of that which gives each and everyone of us a reason to go on: “the hopeful sunbeam between the dark clouds” that beckons us “onward.”

- Dr. Carol Viera (Performing arts psychologist and coach, Co-director of the Frequency Band)

"James Nova has transcribed an entire album of music from the Star Wars movies for an overdubbed trombone ensemble, and the result is incredible! The Vader USB thumb drive is a literal must-have for trombonists and John Williams fans. The playing is simply fantastic and demonstrates a true love of the music. Get yours now!"

- George Curran (Bass Trombone, New York Philharmonic

"Jim Nova is the Force with his remarkable talent unleashed upon the music of John Williams. Not only are the arrangements unbelievably great, but the trombone playing is incredible. Buy the recording, make the popcorn and sit back to be thoroughly entertained by Jim Nova’s A Fall from Light to Dark."

- Kenneth Thompkins (Principal Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

"So proud of my friend and colleague, Jim Nova, for this incredible accomplishment.  When I first heard his overdubs on Soundcloud, I was blown away.  Now he has released a second version recorded on better microphones and with expanded depth.  There are moments in this recording where I am speechless.  Please reserve a recording ASAP to support Jim and to expand what you thought was possible on the trombone."

 - Jeff Dee (Principal Bass Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

"This project is sure to raise the temperatures for any warm-blooded trombonist out there. Jim's playing is sheer excitement, as he remains true to this music. He brought out my Star Wars inner kid, and will definitely make you want to practice!"

- Shachar Israel (Associate Principal Trombone, The Cleveland Orchestra)

“Everything about this recording is truly spectacular; the transcriptions of such great music by John Williams, the recording sound and techniques, the amazing playing on the entire spectrum of the trombone family, and most especially the music making.  Bravo, Jim, on an incredible project years in the making.  What an immense effort.  What a true joy to experience!”

- Douglas Wright (Principal Trombone - The Minnesota Orchestra)

"If there is another brass player on this planet that can duplicate what Jim accomplishes on this recording, I have yet to meet them! With the range from a contrabass tuba to a piccolo trumpet, the sound, dexterity, intensity and expressiveness is only matched by the quality of the arrangements. Bravo, Jim!”

- Gary Ofenloch (Principal Tuba, The Utah Symphony, Professor of Tuba, University of Utah)

"WOW! This just sounds tremendous! Jim is a former colleague in the Pacific Symphony (1998-99 season). I have known for some time what a great trombonist, musician and good guy he is. That said, this exceeds my already high expectations. Speaking as someone who has performed on a variety of low brass instruments, it's bad enough he plays alto, tenor, bass and contrabass (very nice, BTW), but soprano?! Come on man!  And . . . the charts are dynamite! (I'm running out of exclamation points!) Bravo Jim!"

- Bob Sanders (Eminent retired LA Studio Bass trombonist - Performer on many film scores including Avatar, Star Trek II (The Wrath of Kahn), Star Trek III (The Search for Spock), Planet of the Apes, The Rocketeer, Glory, Dances with Wolves. Bass Trombone (retired), Pacific Symphony and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and hither and yon in Southern California)

"You have created a new and unique creature...Very original idea. Great arrangements. Great trombone playing. Bravo!"

- David Rejano Cantero (Principal Trombone - Los Angeles Philharmonic)

"As a trombone player and fan of the trombone I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing performances or recordings that I find so remarkable I find myself thinking: “wow, that’s amazing...a trombone made that music”. Jim Nova’s recording A Fall from Light to Dark is one of those seminal moments. The skill he exhibits in all aspects of this recording is truly impressive, from the wonderful arrangements and command of recording technology, to the amazing trombone playing. His technique, power, and musicianship are superb...on ALL the trombones. Inspirational. I again think to myself: “wow, that’s amazing, a trombone did that”....and it’s just one person."

Stephen Shires (Founder - S.E. Shires Company)

"Jim Nova is a BEAST! There isn't much more that can be added to what everyone else has said about Jim's new project, A Fall from Light to Dark, but the playing and arrangements will knock your socks off!! This has been a true labor of love for Jim over many years. Hearing his vision come to life is very exciting and I could not be happier for him. It was a real pleasure working with him on his mouthpieces. Some were designed for the demands of these recordings, as well as his Orchestral demands. He would say 'Can we do this for this Trombone?' and I would respond by saying 'Let's try it!' We collaborated to have some very unique design ideas based on having one rim size across the board. Congratulations Jim and BRAVO!"

- Greg Black (Founder - Greg Black Mouthpieces) 

"Jim Nova's new album A Fall from Light to Dark is nothing short of incredible! If I didn't know first-hand what Jim is capable of on the trombone, I might wonder if the playing was real. Don't miss the chance to listen to this album, and once you catch your breath from astonishment at the technical feat, you will be captivated by the excitement and beauty of the music-making."

- Craig Knox (Principal Tuba - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Tuba - Curtis Institute of Music and Carnegie Mellon University)


My love for all musical things Star Wars began a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…


As a six-year-old child, my father took my brother and me to see The Empire Strikes Back. Even at that age, I was overwhelmed with how important the music was to the story telling, and thus began my lifelong love of the incredible scores of John Williams.
A few years later, at age nine, I began playing the trombone in my home state of Connecticut. As a child I received my early musical exposure and training from my father, Anesti Nova. During high school, I studied with my first private trombone teacher, Assistant Principal/Second Trombonist of the Hartford Symphony, George Sanders…
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