Mason Jazz Ensemble to Play at Renowned Jazz Club

Posted: April 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

The Mason Jazz Ensemble has been invited to perform at Blues Alley, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, on Monday, April 14, for the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows.

Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Blues Alley is the nation’s oldest continuing jazz supper club. The club has showcased internationally renowned concert hall artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy in a small, intimate setting.

Michael Vitale, who plays first alto saxophone in the Mason Jazz Ensemble, is very excited about the gig.

“I think that in terms of Blues Alley, the history alone stands out to me. Just look at their menu and all the people who have played there,” says Vitale. “Every time I go to Blues Alley I am never disappointed because the talent that performs there is amazing, and for the Mason Jazz Ensemble to be playing there, is still wild in my head.”

Jim Carroll, assistant professor of jazz studies and director of the Mason Jazz Ensemble, says he is “blessed with the world’s greatest students” and that it is “a real honor to be asked to play” at Blues Alley.

The following students are members of the Mason Jazz Ensemble:


Michael Vitale, Alto I

Brach Cobb, Alto II

Dustin Mollick, Tenor I

Michael Marolda, Tenor II

Patrick Smith, Baritone


John Lewis

Ryan Shumway

Kyle Schrotel

Kevin Hewes

Keenan Hartless


Charlie Mitchell

Ben Malick

Alan Smith

Patrick O’Connell

Rhythm Section

Charlie Himel, Bass

Shannon Fearon, Bass

Kenny Kohlhaas, Guitar

Vinny Oppido, Piano

Michael McGarity, Drums

For ticket information, visit the Blues Alley web site.

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