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February 15, 2011
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Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 14, 2011 – Northern Virginia’s own jazz orchestra serves up a spicy night of Latin beats when Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra appears its home venue, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. Under the direction of Jim Carroll, Met Jazz joins forces with percussionist Joe McCarthy, the founder of the Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz septet Afro Bop Alliance; Venezuelan-born virtuoso percussionist Roberto Quintero; and award-winning jazz vocalist Sara Jones for a performance featuring Brazilian bossa nova, Argentine tango, Afro-Cuban beats from Harlem and more. Don’t miss this sizzling evening of music by Tito Puente, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton and others. 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.

In demand as both a performer and an education, Joe McCarthy founded the Annapolis, Md.-based Latin jazz septet Afro Bop Alliance, the recipient of a Latin Grammy Award, a Grammy nomination and a Washington Area Music Association Award. An active recording artist, McCarthy has produced all of the Afro Bop recordings and co-produced the Caribbean Jazz Project CD. He is the drummer for the U.S. Naval Academy Band’s Jazz Ensemble and principal percussionist for its Wind Ensemble, as well as a member of the Global Percussion Trio and co-leader of the Normal/McCarthy Big Band. McCarthy is an adjunct professor of Afro-Cuban Percussion Studies at Georgetown University.

Born into a family of musicians in Caracas, Venezuela, Roberto Quintero studied at the Conservatory of Music in Caracas and performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Venezuela before joining the popular ensembles Grupo Madera and Oscar D’León. In addition to his skills on the conga drums, for which he is best known, Quintero also plays bongos, drums, djembe, timbales and a wide variety of assorted percussion instruments. He has worked with Chick Corea, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony and many others.

Sara Jones has been delighting audiences nationwide since she began singing professionally in 2001. In 2004, she won the prestigious Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, and has since performed in almost every state and appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Ravinia Festival Orchestra. She has also performed with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and the Jazz Ambassadors. She began her career as a pianist and received a B.A. in music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.M. in piano accompaniment at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will also appear at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall in Manassas, performing “Simply Sinatra” with guest vocalist Steve Lippia on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. Please visit for more details.


Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $20, $32, $40. 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


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). 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.