Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Visits Center for the Arts

Posted: February 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll, director of Jazz Studies at George Mason, directs the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Carroll, director of Jazz Studies at George Mason, will bring 100 years of jazz to the Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 11, at 8 p.m.

Top D.C.-area jazz musicians Charlie Young, Marty Nau, Scott Silbert, Rick Whitehead, Wade Beach, Harold Summey, Tom Williams and others will gather for an evening-long jam featuring works from the genreā€™s cream of the crop. Pieces by African American pianist, bandleader and composer Fletcher Henderson, and the contributions of icons such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie will be featured.

This celebration of 100 years of jazz features the orchestra in a wide selection of audience favorites covering styles from early days, including stride piano (originating in Harlem about 1919), and blues, swing, bop, hard bop (made popular by musicians like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, among others), and even more contemporary jazz forms like fusion and cool (West Coast cool, understated and subtle, was popularized by Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz and others).

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director and alto sax Jim Carroll has had a 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 worked 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 teaches at the Jamey Abersold Jazz Workshops as well as George Mason.

The American Echoes series is sponsored by Verizon federal network systems.

A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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