Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Revisits Big Band Era at Center for the Arts

Posted: January 31, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll, director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, homegrown at Mason’s Center for the Arts and fast becoming the area’s favorite ensemble for jazz standards and swing music, will perform the best of the Big Band Era in its Saturday, Feb. 17, performance, “Swingin’ with the Met!”

The curtain, at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, rises at 8 p.m., with a pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, beginning at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

This journey through radio’s Golden Age includes classics such as Artie Shaw’s “Clarinet Concerto,” Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing,” Benny Moten’s “Moten Swing,” Jimmy Lunceford’s “The Lunceford Touch,” Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” and, of course, repertoire from what Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director Jim Carroll refers to as “the swingin’-est” big bands of all time: those of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Top D.C.-area jazz musicians who have lent their talents to the orchestra in the past join forces here again, including Rick Whitehead, Charlie Young, Tom Williams, Harold Summey, Marty Nau, Scott Silbert, Rob Holmes, Kenny Rittenhouse, Wade Beach and Matt Nies, to name a few. The concert also includes another audience favorite: “honorary Metropolitan Jazz member,” six-year-old trumpet star and Northern Virginia native Geoffrey Gallante.

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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