The Mason Jazz Studies Department was founded in 1999 by Professor James Carroll. Steeped in a rich history of tradition yet pushing musical boundaries, the Jazz Studies Department combines performance with curriculum and service to honor House Resolution 57 that states jazz is "hereby designated as a rare and national American treasure."
A highpoint of students' time at George Mason University is the honor to perform in "Jazz 4 Justice©." "Jazz 4 Justice©," founded by Jim Carroll and VA attorney Ed Weiner is an annual concert that combines the Mason Jazz department with local law communities to raise money for music scholarships and public access to justice. Check out Jazz 4 Justice© to learn more of this important collaboration.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our faculty are well respected performers as well as dedicated educators. Many are current and former members of the DC miitary units and staples in the Washington DC jazz scene. They have earned Grammy Awards, conducted classes at the renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, toured nationally and internationally and contributed to books and videos about jazz education.
MASON JAZZ FACULTY
Dr. Darden Purcell - Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice
Wade Beach - Jazz Piano, Combos
Jim Caroll - Mason Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation, Topics in Jazz
Glenn Dewey - Bass
Dr. Tyler Kuebler - Saxophone
Anthony Maiello - Arranging
Joe McCarthy - Percussion, Latin Jazz Ensemble
Matt Niess - Trombone
Rick Parrell - Saxophone, Jazz Workshop Ensemble
Victor Provost - Steel Pan Ensemble
Kenny Rittenhouse - Trumpet
Dave Robinson - Traditional Jazz Ensemble
Harold Summey - Percussion
Rick Whitehead - Guitar
Read in depth bios and performing schedules of our MASON JAZZ FACULTY HERE.
All About Jazz: "Washington D.C. Reclaims it's role as a Jazz Destination"
Down Beat: "Jazz Education Network gets NEA grant to support Trad Jazz Curriculum Project"
The George Mason University jazz ensembles, big bands and chamber ensembles (combos) offer many opportunities for improvisation, performance, recording, writing, leadership and service. They perform regularly on campus at The Center for the Arts, Hylton Performing Arts Center as well as off-campus performances at jazz festivals, jazz clubs such as Blues Alley, embassies and community events.
MASON JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Jazz Ensemble (Big Band)
Jazz Workshop (Big Band)
Jazz Combos (Instrumental Combos)
Jazz Vocal Combos (Jazz Vocal Combos)
Traditional Jazz Ensemble (Small group specializing in "Early Jazz")
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Fall 2013)
Latin Jazz Ensemble (Fall 2013)
Steel Pan Ensemble (Spring 2014)
The Jazz Chamber Ensembles (Jazz Combos) are at the core of the Jazz program. Students are given freedom in the spirit of jazz, to choose their own direction. The Mason Jazz Combos are a wonderful place for opportunities in improvisation, arranging, composition and leadership.
ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS - See the JAZZ ENSEMBLES AUDITIONS page for detailed audition information.
At George Mason University, we offer a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Instrumental and Vocal Track) and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies.
Master of Music - Jazz Studies
See the JAZZ STUDIES AUDITIONS page for detailed audition information and the STUDENT RESOURCES page for degree requirements and curriculum.
Students have the opportunity to perform many times throughout the semester in some of the finest performing facilities in the Washington DC area, including the beautiful Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 8:00pm - Jazz Combos Concert #1 - de Laski 3001
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8:00pm - Jazz 4 Justice - Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:00pm - Jazz 4 Justice - Hylton Performing Arts Center
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 8:00pm - Jazz Workshop Ensemble - Harris Theatre
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:00pm - Mason Jazz Saxophone Ensemble - VMEA Conference in Hot Springs, VA (Virginia Music Educators Association)
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 7:00pm - Mason Jazz Vocal Night - Harris Theatre
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 8:00pm - Jazz Combos Concert #2 - de Laski 3001
Chuchito Valdes Master Class! Thursday, October 17th at 1:30pm in the Performing Arts Building, choral room. This master class is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and counts for MUSI 300 credit!
Stay tuned for Spring 2014!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:30pm - Combo #1 - Harris Theatre
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 12:30pm - Combo #2 - Harris Theatre
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:30pm - Jazz Saxophone/Traditional Jazz Ensembles - Harris Theatre
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 12:30pm - Afro-Cuban Ensemble - Harris Theatre
MASON JAZZ at JEN (Jazz Education Network Conference)
We are thrilled to annouce that the Mason Jazz Saxophone Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, TX this January 2014!
MASON JAZZ SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE
The Mason Jazz Saxophone Ensemble performed at the International Saxophone Symposium, hosted by the United States Navy Band, January 2013! Watch the video below of their superb performance!
MASON SUMMER JAZZ WORKSHOP
Watch the video below for a "Behind the Scenes" from our 2013 workshop!
Spend a week learning from some of the best musicians and educators in the Washington D.C. Area - including members of The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Grammy Award-winners and George Mason University jazz faculty! Participate in combos, big band, improvisation, master classes, and more. Serious musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome. No one is too young or too old to play jazz!
Register for the 2014 Workshop at http://potomacacademy.gmu.edu/Summer/Jazz/SummerJazz.html
PRESS & REVIEWS
Congratulations to the Mason Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Carroll for earning a "Five Star" review of the November 30, 2012 "Jazz 4 Justice" by Audrey Thornton of DCMetroTheatreArts.com!