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April 6, 2012
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An Evening of Afro-Cuban Big Band Music & Dance

With the Mason Jazz Ensemble

under the direction of Latin Grammy Award winner Joe McCarthy

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Center for the Arts Concert Hall


FAIRFAX, Va., April 6, 2012 – George Mason University’s School of Music brings a sizzling evening of Afro-Cuban Big Band music and dance to Fairfax this spring when the Mason Jazz Ensemble performs “A Night at the Palladium” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8 p.m. The Mason Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of Latin Grammy Award-winning percussionist Joe McCarthy, an adjunct professor of Drumset and Afro-Cuban Percussion Studies in Mason’s School of Music.

This dazzling performance will feature a collection of Bebop, Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz works, including Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma,” “Soul Sauce” and “A Night in Tunisia”; Cal Tjader’s “Viva Cepeda”; and Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.” Washington, D.C.-based dance troupe D.C. Casineros, led by its founder, Mason alumna Amanda Gill, will perform during several pieces in the program. Greg Robinson, who teaches ethnomusicology in Mason’s School of Music, will serve as narrator and host of the performance.

Latin Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer and bandleader Joe McCarthy’s illustrious career has spanned from symphony orchestra and Big Band to Afro-Cuban, Bebop and beyond. The leader of the Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble based in the Washington, D.C. area, McCarthy has recorded several acclaimed albums, as well as a collaboration album with Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project, which won the 2008 Latin Grammy Award for Latin Jazz Album of the Year and was nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards in the same category. In addition, McCarthy is a leader and drummer for the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Band’s Jazz Ensemble, The Next Wave, and also serves as principal percussionist of the USNA’s Wind Ensemble. He teaches Drumset and Afro-Cuban Percussion Studies at George Mason University and Georgetown University, and is in demand as a clinician both throughout the United States and abroad.

Tickets for the Mason Jazz Ensemble performance of “A Night at the Palladium” are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Please or call 888-945-2468 or visit or visit the Center for the Arts box office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about this performance or other School of Music performances and activities, please visit or call 703-993-1380.


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

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.