American Echoes Series (2011-12 Season)

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An Evening with Branford Marsalis featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet

  • October 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

In their first appearance at the Center, the Branford Marsalis Quartet performs a program that includes some of their original compositions as well as modern jazz standards. The performance showcases the extraordinary talents of each of these contemporary jazz masters, including its leader, three-time Grammy-Award winner Branford Marsalis. Known for his unmatched technique, forward-thinking approach, and incredible versatility, Marsalis is equally at home in intimate jazz clubs as he is in great concert halls, where he frequently appears as a soloist. A member of New Orleans’ first family of jazz, Marsalis has performed with many of the jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. “Few people are better known anywhere for making a jazz tune sizzle and swing,” says the Denver Post. Joining him are his longtime quartet members, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Christian Dashiell, and drummer Justin Faulkner.

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$48, $40, $24

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, A Collaboration with Blue Note Records

  • November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

This performance focuses on an extraordinary decade in American Jazz history by paying tribute to the iconic innovator Miles Davis. A multimedia production featuring outstanding live music, photography, film clips, and beat poet-style narration, this inspiring show tells the story of post-war America—the challenges and optimism, the struggle for civil rights, reaching historical milestones, and the creative cauldron of new music pioneered and nurtured by this nonpareil of the jazz world. Hailed as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the future” by Downbeat Magazine, trumpeter Jason Palmer leads a quintet performing live versions of Davis’s music starting from his 1949 recordings through the Blue Note years and culminating with his masterpiece and commercial breakout, Kind of Blue. Young and old alike will be moved and entertained by this unique celebration of the legacy of one of the greatest jazz composers of all time.

$44, $36, $22

Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers

  • February 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz in their first appearance at the Center. Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” by The New York Times, this multi-Grammy Award winner has defined his genre and influenced countless musicians worldwide. “Whether Chucho Valdés is performing a gentle ballad or a rousing foot-stomper, his joy is in playing and his love of the music always shines through.” (All About Jazz) This supremely talented musician, composer and arranger is considered one of Cuba’s greatest jazz artists. His long and illustrious career includes more than 80 recordings, performing with such jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. He is the winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.  This is an unforgettable treat for jazz lovers.

WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Chucho Valdés at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Dr. Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, School of Music, GMU (Feb 3, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $38, $23

Arlo Guthrie: Boys' Night Out

  • February 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Boys' Night Out

One of the great 20th century American folk singers—and consummate storytellers—comes to the Center with his son Abe Guthrie, grandson Krishna Guthrie, and longtime collaborator, Terry a La Berry for a highly entertaining evening of folk favorites, amusing stories, and witty anecdotes. An “hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th century American folk music one could possibly have.” (The Independent, London) The son of singer-songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie, Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of his highly original “Alice’s Restaurant,” a satirical anti-war anthem. The record spun off a hit movie and Guthrie became a cultural hero to a new generation espousing social consciousness and activism. A gifted musician on the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Guthrie has equal talent for clever repartee, promising an event the whole family will enjoy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Mary Sue Twohy, Sirius|XM Radio (Feb 11, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $40, $24

The "All New" Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers™

  • February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Blues Brothers™ are back! This West End musical is a runaway hit across Europe, and now it comes to the Center. “A rip-roaring, foot-stomping boogie,” says the Daily Mail about this hilarious musical that has some of the best blues you will hear this side of Chicago. Born in the ‘70s from the comic genius of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Jake and Elwood Blues became an unprecedented, international phenomenon—part performance art, part music, and all entertainment—and it is every bit as popular now as they were 30 years ago. So throw on your black suit, porkpie hat, and coolest shades, and come enjoy unforgettable classic R&B songs like “Respect,” “Think,” and “Gimme Some Loving.” You can help the brothers save their Chicago orphanage as they perform this one last big show—if they can avoid the long arm of the law, that is.

The Blues Brothers trademark [for entertainment services] is owned by Daniel Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Pisano

Pre-Performance Discussion: Brad Henshaw, (Feb 18, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $40, $24

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra presents Buddy, Woody, and Stan

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Northern Virginia’s very own jazz orchestra presents a very special tribute concert celebrating the music of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. This esteemed orchestra of gifted musicians from the Washington, D.C. area brings audiences jumping to their feet for enthusiastic ovations when they perform their stunning interpretations of traditional jazz classics. Artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Experience an evening of extraordinary jazz.

WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll, Founder, Met Jazz Orchestra, Dir. of Jazz Studies, Mason School of Music (Feb 25, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$40, $32, $20

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Broadway Lights

  • April 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Broadway Lights

Anthony Maiello, conductor
Lisa Vroman, soprano

The American Festival Pops Orchestra returns with Broadway Lights, a delightful program of favorites from Broadway, cinema, and television, as well as patriotic music honoring our nation. This evening of inspiring music celebrates the immense talent of Broadway, jazz and film composers such as John Williams, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello—who is also Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music—has brought together this fantastic orchestra of 60 talented musicians from the D.C. area. The orchestra will be joined by Lisa Vroman, hailed as “a musical and theatrical marvel” by The San Francisco Chronicle to perform some of the most memorable and cherished music of the 20th century.

There will be no Pre-Performance Discussion for this event.

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$46, $38, $23