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October 13, 2010
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Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 27, 2010 In a tribute to the grand epicenter of jazz, New Orleans Nights brings together three musical legends: Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio for an incredible evening of swingin’ jazz music in celebration of the rich musical traditions of America’s favorite southern city. New Orleans Nights comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at 7 p.m. This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Described by The Washington Post as “the embodiment of New Orleans music,” Toussaint has been praised for his seminal influence on the music of this great city. In 2009, he received the prestigious Grammy Trustees Award, and in 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which described him as a “producer, bandleader, arranger, songwriter, session musician and all-around musical eminence.” He is known for some of the most timeless hits in jazz music, including “Working in the Coal Mine,” “Mother-in-Law,” “I Like It Like That,” “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Southern Nights.” Over the years, Toussaint has collaborated with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and Robert Palmer. His recent albums, a 2006 collaboration with Elvis Costello titled “The River in Reverse” (which rose to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Album chart) and 2009’s “The Bright Mississippi,” have introduced Toussaint’s music to a new generation of listeners. Toussaint recently teamed up with legendary rocker Neil Young for a series of concerts supporting victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill and made an appearance as a musician on HBO’s series “Treme,” about New Orleans residents rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The New York Times has called Payton “abundantly gifted” and “a high-wire soloist” on trumpet. Payton first began playing trumpet at the age of 4, went professional at age 12 and recorded his first album at 19, and his recordings have consistently charted in Billboard’s Top 20 Jazz Albums. In 1997, at the age of 24, Payton received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for his collaboration with legendary jazz trumpeter and bandleader Doc Cheatham, then 92 years old. He has since performed with many great jazz masters, including Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Hank Jones, Elvin Jones, Ray Brown, Roy Hargrove and Joe Henderson.

After touring with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite and the North Mississippi Allstars in 2007, Krown formed the Joe Krown Trio, featuring Krown on the piano and Hammond B-3 Organ, Walter Wolfman Washington on guitar and vocals and Russell Batiste on drums. The combination of Washington’s soulful vocals with Krown on organ and Batiste’s masterful drumming has helped the trio generate a loyal following among New Orleans jazz aficionados. The trio’s 2008 CD, “Live at the Maple Leaf,” garnered rave reviews. offBEAT Magazine described the Joe Krown Trio as “a killer combination between three of New Orleans’ greatest players.” 


Tickets for NEW ORLEANS NIGHTS are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. 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

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