Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Vocalist Steve Lippia Bring ‘Simply Sinatra’ to Center for the Arts

Posted: February 17, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra returns to Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. to pay tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. The evening features guest vocalist Steve Lippia, one of the country’s most prominent interpreters of classic pop music.

The program, titled “Simply Sinatra,” is reminiscent of Sinatra’s concerts and will include memorable tunes from such artists as Count Basie and Buddy Rich that showcase the ensemble’s great jazz instrumentalists, as well as Lippia’s talent.

Lippia has performed with numerous symphonies across North America, including the Philadelphia Pops, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Boulder Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Pops, among others.

He has headlined at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino is Las Vegas and the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. He has also performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor. In addition, Lippia has headlined at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman Orchestras.

He has appeared on “Extra,” FOX’s “Good Day New York,” CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” ABC and the BBC. His critically acclaimed self-titled CD was recorded at Los Angeles’ Warner Bros. Studio with a 41-piece symphony. He has also released “Steve Lippia Live” and “Steve Lippia in Concert.”

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s illustrious career 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.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $42, $34 and $21; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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