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THE MILES DAVIS EXPERIENCE: 1949-1959, A COLLABORATION WITH BLUE NOTE RECORDS, NOV. 13 at 7PM

October 10, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE MILES DAVIS EXPERIENCE: 1949-1959

A COLLABORATION WITH BLUE NOTE RECORDS

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. 

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 6, 2011 – This performance focuses on an extraordinary decade in American jazz history by paying tribute to iconic innovator Miles Davis. A Collaboration with Blue Note Records, “The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959” appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 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.

A multimedia production featuring live music, photography, film clips and beat poet-style narration, this inspiring show tells the story of post-war America – the challenges and optimism, the struggle for civil rights, reaching historical milestones and the creative cauldron of new music nurtured by this nonpareil of the jazz world.

Hailed as one of the “top 25 trumpeters of the future” by Downbeat Magazine, trumpeter Jason Palmer leads a quintet performing live versions of Davis’ music starting with the 1949-50 recordings that would later appear on “Birth of the Cool,” through the Blue Note years and culminating with his masterpiece and commercial breakout, “Kind of Blue.” In addition to Palmer, the quintet for “The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959” is composed of tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan and percussionist Justin Brown.

Palmer has worked with an impressive collection of jazz icons, including Roy Haynes, Jimmy Smith, Jack DeJohnette, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane and Kenny Barron, among others. His 2008 recording debut “Songbook” and his 2010 release “Nothing to Hide” have both garnered critical acclaim. He also earned first prize in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was named a 2011 Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Palmer’s own quintet has performed every weekend at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café for the past 10 years, and has also appeared at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Stone and the Jazz Gallery in New York City, the Studio in Hartford, Conn., as well as numerous venues throughout New England. In addition to his performance schedule, Palmer is committed to music education and has served on the faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He is currently an assistant professor at the Berklee College of Music. He is also an instructor at the Aquinas College Jazz Camp in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is an active educator, actor and board member for JazzBoston, a jazz support organization in Boston.

             

Tickets for “THE MILES DAVIS EXPERIENCE: 1949-1959” are $22, $36, $44. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.

 

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

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. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.