Mason Jazz Ensemble

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, offers opportunities for improvisation, performance, recording, writing, leadership and service. This ensemble (MW 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 – Spring 2019  

  • Saturday, JAN 26, 8pm:  Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Eddie Daniels (Center for the Arts) Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, MAR 23, all day:  Mason Jazz Festival with the US Navy Band Commodores (Harris Theatre, Free and open to the public)
  • Monday, APR 1, 8pm:  Big Band Showdown (Center for the Arts) Purchase Tickets
  • Tuesday, APR 30, 8pm:  International Jazz Day with the Mason Jazz Ensemble (Center for the Arts) Purchase Tickets
  • Wednesday, MAY 1, 4:30pm:  Law Day with the Mason Jazz Ensemble (Weiner, Spivey and Miller Law Offices)

JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS – Spring 2019 (current Mason students) 

  • Instrumental Piece:  Recorda Me
  • 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.

RECORDINGS

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Purchase at www.cdbaby.com/cd/masonjazz, iTunes, Amazon or e-mail dpurcel2@gmu.edu. Proceeds benefit the GMU Jazz Foundation for scholarships, internships, trips and future recordings!

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