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January 24, 2012
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Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 24, 2012 – At each performance, Northern Virginia’s own jazz orchestra brings audiences jumping to their feet for enthusiastic ovations for its stunning interpretations of traditional jazz classics. Under Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra takes the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. for a fantastic program titled “Buddy, Woody and Stan.” This performance is Family Friendly: 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.

This special tribute concert celebrates the music of the great bandleaders Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. This spectacular evening of music will showcase jazz standards performed by each of these jazz masters’ big bands, including Buddy Rich’s interpretations of “Love For Sale” and “West Side Story Medley,” Woody Herman’s interpretations of “Four Brothers” and “Caldonia” and Stan Kenton’s interpretations of “Intermission Riff” and “Long Ago and Far Away,” among others. The band, which is composed of talented musicians hailing from the greater Washington, D.C. area, will feature stellar saxophonists Charlie Young, Marty Nau and Lois Hernandez; an all-star rhythm section with Grammy Award winner Joe McCarthy on drums, Rick Whitehead on guitar and Wade Beach on piano; and a superb brass section with Liesl Whitaker on lead trumpet, Kenny Rittenhouse on jazz trumpet, and Ben Patterson and Matt Niess on trombone.

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, Carroll is the director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University.


Please Note: The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. Titled “The Great American Songbook,” this performance will feature trumpeter Byron Stripling as a special guest artist.


WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.


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

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.