Jazz4Justice Concert Features Six-Year-Old Trumpet Prodigy

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

This annual swinging evening of jazz and standards presents George Mason’s highly regarded Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of jazz musician and Mason’s director of Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll. For this performance on Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, the ensemble welcomes six-year-old trumpet wunderkind Geoffrey Gallante.

Geoffrey Gallante began trumpet lessons at the age of 4. Now just barely 6, his credits include CBS’ “The Early Show,” NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (playing with the Tonight Show Band) and, most recently, NBC’s “Today Show,” where he joined recording artist Chris Botti in a memorable duet of “America the Beautiful.”

Gallante has met and played with other trumpet luminaries from Phil Driscoll and Chuck Mangione to Arturo Sandoval and even the preeminent jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. Last May, Gallante shared the stage with Maynard Ferguson when the legendary jazz trumpeter last performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.

His many guest soloist credits already include performances with the brass ensemble Washington Symphonic Brass (comprised in part of principal players of the National Symphony Orchestra), the renowned U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the 257th Army Band. He also shared the stage with Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, when the two performed a duet together.

Jim Carroll earned his BM in saxophone performance and MM in woodwinds and jazz from Indiana University. His 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.

As a versatile performer, Carroll has worked with Michael Jackson, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Zoot Sims, Keter Betts, the Columbus Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indiana Saxophone Quartet, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, the Jazz Arts Group, the Great American Music Ensemble, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and others.

Carroll is currently leader and artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Active as an educator, he teaches at the Jamey Abersold jazz clinics as well as George Mason.

The Nov. 10 program, although subject to change, will include selections from Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, and many other jazz greats.

Presented by the Department of Music, the performance will benefit the charitable endeavors of the Fairfax Law Foundation, an affiliate of the Fairfax Bar Association.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Order from www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468.

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