Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra to Appear at Center for the Arts with Trumpeter Byron Stripling

Posted: January 15, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Composed of some of the Washington, D.C., area’s finest jazz musicians, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is known for its insightful interpretation of revered jazz classics.

On Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., the orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll, teams up with trumpeter/actor/singer Byron Stripling for a very special night of music at Mason’s Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Byron Stripling, artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra and has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

Byron Stripling
Byron Stripling

As an accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen in a worldwide search to star in the lead role of the Broadway-bound musical “Satchmo.” He has also appeared in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and displayed his virtuosity as trumpeter as well as his comedic chops in “From Second Avenue to Broadway.” Stripling was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich., and often guest lectures and conducts seminars at music schools around the country.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll has had an illustrious career that includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and many others. Active as an educator, he is the director of Jazz Studies at Mason.

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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