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November 11, 2009
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Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Geoffrey Gallante, Special Guest Soloist

Sha’Air Hawkins, Guest Vocalist

George Weiner, Special Guest Conductor

James R. Carroll, Director


FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 22, 2009 – The George Mason University Jazz Ensemble and the Fairfax Law Foundation present the 8th Annual Jazz for Justice concert at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. The ensemble, led by director Jim Carroll, performs with incredible 9-year-old trumpet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante and George Mason University freshman communications major Sha’Air Hawkins as a guest vocalist. George Weiner, a Fairfax County Public School teacher and brother of Jazz for Justice founder Edward Weiner, will guest conduct. The proceeds from Jazz for Justice benefit the charitable endeavors of the Fairfax Law Foundation, including supporting students in Mason’s Jazz Studies program.

The program for the evening includes Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and “Istahan,” Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher,” “Hang Gliding” (a programmatic work by Maria Schneider, inspired by hang-gliding in Rio De Janeiro) “Summer Wind,” Frank Foster’s “State of the Art Swing” and more.

“The Fairfax Law Foundation provides a valuable contribution to the Fairfax community through its programs educating young people on the justice system and its pro bono work,” Carroll said. “Our Jazz Ensemble is delighted to partner with the foundation year after year, and we’re thrilled to perform this year with such a gifted young musician as Geoffrey.”

Geoffrey Gallante first picked up the trumpet at age 4. Already, he has performed for and with other jazz luminaries, including fellow trumpet players Phil Driscoll, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, Maynard Ferguson and even the preeminent jazz musician of our time, Wynton Marsalis. He has had guest solo appearances with Washington Symphonic Brass, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the 257th U.S. Army Band. In addition, Gallante has performed the National Anthem at many professional sports venues across the country.

Sha’Air Hawkins attended high school at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (S.H.A.P.E.) American High School in Belgium, where she was active in community theater and played saxophone in the jazz band, in addition to being involved in many community service projects. Currently a freshman communications major at Mason, Hawkins aspires to work in broadcasting or public relations.

George Weiner has been a Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) teacher since 1987, when he chose to leave the law firm he founded with his brothers. He received the Milken National Educator Award in 2002, and for 22 years, he has served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Weiner also can be found on FCPS Channel 21 as Dr. Esperanto in “Universal Words,” a show that shares his highly regarded vocabulary program with an audience wider than his classroom.

The Jazz for Justice event is the creation of Edward Weiner in collaboration with Mason music professor James Gardner. Weiner is a member of the Arts at Mason Board. He is the founder and senior partner of the Fairfax law firm Weiner & Rohrstaff & Spivey.

The Fairfax Law Foundation, an affiliate of the Fairfax Bar Association, was created in 1982 as a 501 (c)(3) organization to conduct educational and charitable activities in support of the Fairfax community. The organization provides educational programs for area youth about the adverse legal and medical effects of drug and alcohol abuse; arranges courthouse tours with education about the judicial system for middle school students in Fairfax County; operates the Pro Bono Program, which provides legal services for Fairfax County residents who cannot afford legal services; and holds programs to counsel at-risk youth and victims of domestic violence.


Tickets for Jazz for Justice are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, and a limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID. 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

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.