Center for the Arts Welcomes the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Posted: February 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Responding to the Washington D.C., metro area’s passion for traditional jazz–the kind made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman–the Center for the Arts announces the formation of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Under the direction of local jazz musician Jim Carroll, the orchestra makes its home at George Mason as part of CFA’s “Great Performances at Mason.” Its debut is Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.

Carroll’s career has included performances at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The White House, Yokohama Stadium, The Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, he has worked with Michael Jackson, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd, the Jazz Arts Group, the Great American Music Ensemble, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterwork Orchestra, and others. Active as an educator, Carroll teaches jazz clinics and is director of Jazz Studies at George Mason.

Special guest Delores King Williams currently performs “musical political satire” as a featured member of The Capitol Steps. Saxophonist Charlie Young, professor of music at Howard University, is equally at home in the worlds of classical and jazz.

Tickets for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra are $32, $24, and $16. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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