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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, 3/11/06

February 27, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
Its very own “house band” –
METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Saturday, March 11, 8PM
Performance traces a century of jazz in all its forms…
Featuring guest musicians Charlie Young, Rick Whitehead, Marty Nau, Wade Beach, Harold Sumney, Tom Williams and many more!


Fairfax, Virginia, February 6, 2006—The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Carroll, brings 100 years of jazz to the Center for the Arts, Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall. Top DC area jazz musicians Charlie Young, Marty Nau, Scott Silbert, Rick Whitehead, Wade Beach, Harold Summey, Tom Williams, and others gather for an evening-long jam featuring works from the genre’s cream of the crop, including pieces by African American pianist, bandleader and composer Fletcher Henderson, and the invaluable contributions of icons like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (“Diz”), among many others.

Saxophonist Charlie Young is a featured soloist with the Virginia Beach Symphony and with his own quintet, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Bobby Thomas band, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the East Coast Saxophone Quartet. Young has also performed in concert with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Clark Terry, and many more. Marty Nau is a highly active and sought after jazz alto saxophone player. After coming to the Washington DC area in 1980, he played with such big bands as the "Blues Alley Big Band", Bill Potts Big Band Guy Lombardo, and others. He has performed with the National Symphony and Richmond Symphony and has backed up such performers as Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, and many others. Scott A. Silbert is a staff arranger with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. A prolific arranger and composer, he has contributed over 50 arrangements for use by the Navy Band's "Commodores" jazz ensemble, the Concert Band and Ceremonial Band. Silbert was a tenor and baritone saxophonist with the Navy Band "Commodores" jazz ensemble. A versatile woodwind specialist, Silbert has also appeared with the Concert and Ceremonial Bands on various instruments. Rick Whitehead came to Washington D.C. in 1969, as guitarist and featured soloist with the USAF Jazz Ensemble, the “Airmen of Note.” He spent 22 years with the band, performing with a variety of guest artists including: Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Dr. Billy Taylor, Frank Sinatra Jr., Della Reese, and many more. In 1991 Rick started working in the D.C. area playing solo guitar and performing with different musicians along with some occasional appearances with guitarist Charlie Byrd. Whitehead recently released his first solo CD "Notes From Home.”

Harold Sumney is a drummer with the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing's Own”), and an instructor in percussion on the George Mason Music Department Faculty. Tom Williams, has led a varied career joining the renowned Duke Ellington Orchestra, under the direction of Mercer Ellington, with whom he played the national tour of the Broadway smash Sophisticated Ladies, also touring Japan with the road company. Tom has also played in the show bands of Pattie LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Liberace, Anita Baker, Mel Torme, Harry Connick Jr., Lena Horne, and Rosemary Clooney, to name a few.

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 included 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 and is Director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University.
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Tickets for the METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.