Mason Jazz Ensemble, Fairfax Law Foundation Present Jazz for Justice

Posted: November 12, 2008 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 Seventh Annual Jazz for Justice concert at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m.

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 ensemble, led by director Jim Carroll, will perform with incredible eight-year-old trumpet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante and his teacher, trumpet virtuoso and Mason trumpet professor Kenny Rittenhouse.

Edward L. Weiner, special guest and founder of the event, will guest conduct.

The Mason Jazz Ensemble will perform compositions by Ellington, Goodwin, Baylock, Rittenhouse, Hefti and Basie. The program for the evening includes a selection of favorites such as “Mack the Knife,” “April in Paris,” “Body and Soul” and Duke Ellington’s “Portrait of Louis Armstrong” and “Rockin’ in Rhythm.”

“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,” Jim Carroll says. “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.”

Trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse had led his own jazz quartet for the past 14 years, performing in venues in the Washington, D.C., area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College and studied at The Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University before graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in jazz performance. Since 1990, Rittenhouse has been a member of the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C., and he currently performs with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble.

Special guest conductor Edward L. Weiner initiated the Jazz for Justice program 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.

The president of the Fairfax Law Foundation, Weiner is also a founder and senior partner of the Fairfax law firm Weiner, Rohrstaff & Spivey PLC.

The Fairfax Law Foundation, an affiliate of the Fairfax Bar Association, 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 junior high 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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