Published by Bull Run Now, October 31, 2012
George Mason University’s School of Music, Fairfax Law Foundation and Prince William County Bar Foundation, Inc. team up to present two Jazz 4 Justice© concerts in Northern Virginia this fall. This spectacular music event supports vital community and legal services in Fairfax and Prince William Counties and music scholarships for students at George Mason University.
This year’s Jazz 4 Justice© concerts will feature a program titled “100 Years of Jazz,” with the Mason Jazz Ensemble led by Jim Carroll, director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University, who said the concert “will take us on a historical trip to the Big Easy, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Harlem and Minton’s Playhouse in New York City, arriving in Fairfax and Manassas.” The program features music by such legends as James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Benny Moten and others. Jazz vocalists Darden Purcell and Tracey Wright will perform along with senior vocal performance major Gina Mirenda. Following the performances will be a jam session in the main lobby of the Center for the Arts and in the Didlake Grand Foyer of the Hylton Center.