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Mason’s School of Music Presents 16th Annual Jazz4Justice™ Concert

Provided by George Mason University

George Mason University’s School of Music presents the Woody, Bird, and Diz Jazz4Justice™ Concert on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas and Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Center for the Arts in Fairfax. More information and tickets are available at hyltoncenter.org and cfa.gmu.edu.

The concert is presented in partnership with the Fairfax Law Foundation and Prince William Bar Foundation, and it will raise funds to support vital community legal services and George Mason University Jazz Scholarships. There will be an open jam session hosted by George Mason University students following each performance.

“We are truly honored to collaborate with our friends in the law community and present our annual Jazz4Justice™ concerts,” shared James Carroll, Professor of Jazz Studies at George Mason University. “This year’s theme is Woody, Bird and Diz. The music comes out of the swing era and moves us into the bebop era—the “common practice” period in jazz. America has produced some of the greatest musicians the world has ever heard, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie—“Bird and Diz.” Woody Herman was a bridge between the big band period and bebop. He featured Charlie Parker on “Bird with the Herd” and Dizzy wrote “Woody N’ You” for Herman. Bebop musicians improvised on a higher plane moving the music into the extensions of the chords. I always thought it was a very spiritual way to play and that it would fit perfectly with the spiritual aspect of Jazz4Justice™.”

Tickets to Jazz4Justice™ at the Hylton Performing Arts Center are available in person at the Hylton Center’s Ticket Office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a. m.-6:00 p. m.), by phone at 703-993-7759, or online at hyltoncenter.org.

Tickets to Jazz4Justice™ at the Center for the Arts are available in person at the Center’s Ticket Office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a. m.-6:00 p. m.), by phone at 703-993-8888, or online at cfa.gmu.edu. Two free student tickets are available with Mason ID starting on October 31.

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