Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Appears at Center for the Arts; Participates in Jazz Workshop

Posted: June 18, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For the last several seasons, George Mason’s Center for the Arts has nurtured an interest in jazz and a blossoming resurgence in the great jazz masters of the past with its highly anticipated performances by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra is featured in a special summer performance on Sunday, June 20, at 7 p.m. The performance inaugurates the start of the George Mason Department of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop.

Under the sure hand of Jim Carroll, the orchestra will perform a host of jazz classics, including pieces from the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker, such as Woody and You, Manteca, Donna Lee, and Blood Count. The concert features performances by guest artists Rick Whitehead on guitar and Charlie Young on alto saxophone.

The concert heralds an intense week for jazz students and jazz musicians of all levels as they come together on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus to explore this truly American art form.

George Mason University’s Summer Jazz Workshop, under Jim Carroll, leader of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Mason’s and director of Jazz Studies, provides local musicians of all ages and abilities a wide range of experiences with some of the finest jazz musicians and educators in the area. Held from June 20 to June 25, the Summer Jazz Workshop schedule includes jazz theory/improvisation, big band/combo rehearsals, masterclasses on individual instruments, and evening jam sessions each day.

Participants are guaranteed contact with the members of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the professional “house band” in residence at George Mason’s Center for the Arts and an integral part of the center’s subscription series, Great Performances at Mason. For more information on the workshop, call the George Mason Department of Music at 703-993-1380.

Tickets for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra are $25, with a special student/family friendly (children under 12) price of $12.50. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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