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January 10, 2008
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

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Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 at 8 p.m.

Fairfax, Va., Jan. 9, 2008 – Composed of some of the metro area’s finest jazz musicians, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is known for its insightful interpretation of revered jazz classics. On Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll, teams up with trumpeter, actor and singer Byron Stripling for a very special night of music at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Byron Stripling, artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra and has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen in a worldwide search to star in the lead role of the Broadway-bound musical “Satchmo." He has also appeared in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and displayed his virtuosity as trumpeter as well as his comedic chops in “From Second Avenue to Broadway." Stripling was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich., and often guest lectures and conducts seminars at music schools around the country.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra 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, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and many others. Active as an educator, he is the director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University.


PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor of Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $38, $30, $19. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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

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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.