Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Returns to Center for the Arts

Posted: February 18, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll, director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Comprising 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.

Led by Mason Director of Jazz Studies Jim Carroll, the orchestra will present a special night of music at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m.

Special guest artists for this performance are bassist Lynn Seaton, 8-year-old trumpet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante and steel drummer Victor Provost.

The first half of the performance will feature works by a variety of jazz luminaries. Selections include Duke Ellington’s “Daybreak Express,” Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” Don Gibson’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You” arranged by Quincy Jones, and Count Basie’s “Avenue C.”

After the intermission, the orchestra will perform works by Seaton and his collaborator, trumpeter and composer Akira Sato.

Seaton has performed with some of the most outstanding jazz artists of our time, including Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson and Mel Torme, and ensembles such as Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd and the Count Basie Orchestra.

In addition, Seaton has participated in more than 100 recording sessions, including the Grammy Award-winning “Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra,” plus two Grammy-nominated recordings, “Woody Herman 50th Anniversary Tour,” and John Fedchock’s “No Nonsense.”

Seaton has been a music faculty member at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Long Island University, State University of New York at New Paltz and William Paterson College; he currently teaches at the University of North Texas.

At 8 years old, Gallante possesses the kind of musical giftedness seldom seen among such a rarefied and exclusive group as child musical prodigies. He has performed for and with other fellow jazz trumpet players such as Phil Driscoll, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, Maynard Ferguson and 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, and he has performed the National Anthem at professional sports venues across the country.

Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Victor Provost’s interest and subsequent love affair with the steel drums began at the St. John School of the Arts. A former member of the youth steel pan orchestra, Steel Unlimited, Provost first performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 1999 and has since performed at venues throughout North America and Europe.

He recently managed the Urban Arts Center, a community arts program in Portsmouth, Va., and instructed and arranged for the center’s steel band orchestra.

Provost’s diverse musical background has allowed him to develop a unique voice on his instrument of choice. He weaves melodic and harmonic phrases together during improvisations, often reflecting nuances of horn or piano lines.

Provost’s genuinely authentic approach to Caribbean music and intellectual approach to all other genres makes him one of the most highly sought after pan players in the region.

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.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

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

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