Mason Jazz Ensemble

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, offers opportunities for improvisation, performance, recording, writing, leadership and service. This ensemble (Mon/Wed 3- 4:15pm) performs at venues including the Shanghai Concert Hall (Beijing, China), Center for the Arts, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Blues Alley, Chantilly Jazz Festival, Law Day and the Jazz Education Network/JENerations Jazz Festival (New Orleans, LA). A highpoint of students’ time in the Mason Jazz Ensemble is Jazz 4 Justice, an annual concert that combines the Mason Jazz department with local law communities to raise money for the jazz program and public access to justice.

Mason Jazz Ensemble, Fall 2018 – Photo by Suzette Niess

CONCERTS – Fall 2019  
  • Saturday, SEP 28, 5pm:  Arts By George (School of Music, De Laski Performing Arts Building) Purchase Tickets
  • Friday, NOV 8, 8pm:  Jazz 4 Justice (Center for the Arts) Purchase Tickets
JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS – Fall 2019 (current Mason students) 
  • Instrumental Piece:  There is No Greater Love
  • Instrumentalists:  Play the melody for one chorus and improvise for two choruses. In addition there will be sight-reading on the audition. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for iPod, Phone or CD player. (Bring adapter if your phone does not have a headphone jack)
  • Vocalists:  Sing one song of your choice (jazz preferred), sight-read a solo musical line and sing a brief tonal melody test. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for either iPod, Phone or CD player.
  • Visit the SEATING PLACEMENT AUDITIONS page to sign up for an audition.
  • If all audition slots are filled, please e-mail Dr. Darden Purcell
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