Jazz Club to Create Nightlife on Campus

Posted: September 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

If you have ever felt like the encore just wasn’t enough after seeing a great performance at the Center for the Arts (CFA), you’re in luck. With the establishment of a new after-hours jazz club, CFA hopes to keep everyone dancing into the late hours of the night, even after the performance is over.

“After a really great show at the Center for the Arts, people don’t want to leave,” says Rick Davis, associate dean and artistic director of CFA. “Now they won’t have to. We will continue the great music in a more intimate setting that we hope will become a tradition on campus.”

According to Davis, the after-hours jazz club is modeled after the Kennedy Center jazz club and will feature a wide variety of musicians, from George Mason jazz students to faculty members to musicians in the community. The club will begin around 10 p.m. after certain performances throughout the semester in the Grand Tier Lobby atrium of the Concert Hall. Musicians will play two sets, and the jazz club will be open to anyone in the community, not just those who attended the performance. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

Davis said the idea was launched after the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra performed last semester. Concert attendees gathered in the atrium after the performance and the Mark Alan Lewine Trio began to play. “It turned into an open-mike and an improv jam session,” Davis says. “It was really fun and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. We thought we would have to do something like that again.”

The first jazz club will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16, after the annual College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Celebration of the Arts program in coordination with the Fall for the Book festival. Performing ensembles and gallery exhibitions will take place throughout the day in festival tents and the Johnson Center. The CVPA celebration, featuring student work in music, dance, visual arts, and theater will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Admission to the CVPA celebration is free, and the dance party, with salsa band Sin Miedo playing in the downstairs lobby and the jazz club upstairs on Grand Tier III, will get people grooving after the performances.

Write to at