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February 11, 2004
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James Carroll, Director
Delores King Williams, Special Guest Vocalist
Saturday, February 28 at 8 pm

Fairfax, Virginia, February 6, 2004The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra performance on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 8PM at George Mason University Center for the Arts features an all-star line up of the areas finest jazz musicians including: Rick Whitehead on guitar, local sax great Charlie Young on a beautiful Ellington alto ballad, Delores King Williams on vocals and Tom Williams on jazz trumpet.
The orchestra performs works from the Ellington, Basie, Buddy Rich and Woody Herman Libraries. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director Jim Carroll’s career has included performances at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The White House, Yokohama Stadium, The Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Mr. Carroll has worked with Michael Jackson, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Zoot Sims, Keter Betts, The Columbus Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphony, The Indiana Saxophone Quartet, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, The Jazz Arts Group, The Great American Music Ensemble, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterwork Orchestra, and others. Active as an educator, he teaches at the Jamey Abersold jazz clinics and is Director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University.

Special guest Delores King Williams is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and began her vocal studies there at The Peabody Conservatory of Music. Ms. Williams currently performs "musical political satire" as a featured member of "The Capitol Steps." Other performance highlights include: international appearances at the North Sea, Montreux, Nice and Vienna Jazz Festivals, and the Australian tour of "Porgy and Bess" with the Washington Opera Company, and concerts with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Winner of a Downbeat magazine award for "Best Student Recording," Ms. Williams was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, a winner of the "Billie Holiday Vocal Competition" and a former member of the United States Army Band.

Charlie Young, professor of music at Howard University, is one of the most brilliant and gifted saxophonists of our day. Equally at home in the worlds of classical and jazz, he brings experience as a principal saxophone with the National Symphony, and lead alto with the Count Basie, Duke Ellington and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks orchestras. In addition to these and solo work, he has performed or recorded with The East Coast Saxophone Quartet, The Charlie Young Quintet, Keter Betts, Blues Alley Big Band, James Moody, Ron Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Foster, Red Garland, Barry Harris, Roland Hanna, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Powell, Zoot Simms, Joe Wilder and many more.

"Whitehead's style encompasses the entire history of jazz guitar - the chordal solos of Joe Pass, the bop lines of Barney Kessel, the octaves of Wes Montgomery, the fluid melodicism of Tal Farlow, the rhythmic push of Django Reinhardt, even the controlled noise of more modern players. (He is) clearly comfortable working in any song form and style," said Eric Brace, in The Washington Post.
Rick Whitehead, featured guitar soloist for the USAF Band's Airmen of Note for 22 years, toured with the group throughout the United States, Far East, and South America. With the Airmen, Whitehead has performed and recorded with Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Sue Raney and guitarists Mundell Lowe, Johnny Smith, and Roy Clark. He also worked with Dianne Schuur, Billy Taylor and Charlie Byrd.
He has appeared all across the Washington Metro area, is an Adjunct Professor of guitar at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA and teaches in his studio at home

Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA, Saturday, February 28, 2004 are $36, $28, $18. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 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.