Annual Jazz for Justice Concert Set for Nov. 2

Posted: October 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason University Jazz Ensemble and the Fairfax Law Foundation will present the Sixth Annual Jazz for Justice Concert at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.

The ensemble, led by director Jim Carroll, will perform with special guest soloist Geoffrey Gallante, a gifted 7-year-old trumpet player, and special guest conductor Edward L. Weiner, president of the Fairfax Law Foundation.

The proceeds from Jazz for Justice benefit the charitable endeavors of the Fairfax Law Foundation, including supporting students in Mason’s Jazz Studies program.

The program for the evening includes selections by Duke Ellington, Harry Warren, Thomas “Fats” Waller and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. The ensemble will also perform Carroll’s original composition, “The George Mason Shuffle,” arranged by Anthony Maiello, music professor and director of instrumental studies at Mason.

“The Fairfax Law Foundation provides a valuable contribution to the Fairfax community through its programs educating young people on the justice system and its pro bono work,” says Carroll. “Our Jazz Ensemble is delighted to partner with the foundation year after year, and we’re thrilled to perform this year with such a gifted young musician as Geoffrey.”

Gallante first picked up the trumpet at age 4. Already, he has performed for and with other jazz luminaries, including fellow trumpet players Phil Driscoll, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, Maynard Ferguson and even the preeminent jazz musician of our time, Wynton Marsalis. He has had guest solo appearances with Washington Symphonic Brass, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the 257th U.S. Army Band. He has performed the National Anthem at nine professional sports venues across the country.

Weiner initiated Jazz for Justice in 2002 and debuted as a guest conductor at the 2004 concert. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with Mason’s Symphony Orchestra. Weiner is a member of the Arts at Mason Board. He’s the founder and senior partner of the Fairfax law firm Weiner & Associates,which specializes in personal injury litigation. Weiner is also an active member of the Fairfax and Virginia State Bars and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Bar Association and Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Leaders Executive Committee.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and received his JD from the University of Richmond and his LLM in international law from Georgetown University.

The Fairfax Law Foundation, an affiliate of the Fairfax Bar Association, was created in 1982 as a 501 (c)(3) organization to conduct educational and charitable activities in support of the Fairfax community. The organization provides educational programs for area youth about the adverse legal and medical effects of drug and alcohol abuse; arranges courthouse tours with education about the judicial system for middle school students in Fairfax County; operates the Pro Bono Program, which provides legal services for Fairfax County residents who cannot afford legal services; and holds programs to counsel at-risk youth and victims of domestic violence.

Tickets for Jazz for Justice are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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