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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra has been bringing its audiences to their very feet with brilliant ovations wherever and whenever they play their insightful interpretations of some of the greatest jazz classics. Jim Carroll, the orchestra’s founder and Artistic Director has performed shows at the biggest, most prestigious venues around the globe such as the White House, Apollo Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Considered to be one of the most skilled versatile performers, Carroll has shared the spotlight with the likes of Woody Herman with His Thundering Herd, Billy Taylor, Maynard Ferguson, Nancy Wilson, Michael Jackson, as well as the renowned Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. The orchestra often performs with guest musicians like Byron Stripling, Lynn Seaton, Victor Provost, Geoffrey Gallante, and it is now teaming up for a show featuring a New Orleans parade tradition Second Line that is played with a brass band, to celebrate the very birthplace of Jazz. The orchestra has performed man shows titled Woody, Buddy and Stan, Mardi Gras with MJO, and Met Jazz Goes Latin, among many others. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra tickets are considered to be quite a treat among jazz fans that enjoy the newness the orchestra brings to a song from another genre.
The founder of Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Jim Carroll completed his Graduate and Undergraduate training under the guidance of Eugene Rousseau and David Baker at Indiana University. He received his undergraduate training with a major in saxophone performance, while his masters training focused on jazz and woodwinds. He has travelled to the best known venues in every one of the Fifty States, the Far East and of course, Europe. In addition, Carroll has had the privilege of performing at the Nice, Aurex, Bern, Montreux, Concord, Monterey, Kool, Newport, Pori, Perugia, and North Sea jazz festivals. Alongside he is also quite active as a jazz educator, having taught at several universities including Capital University, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Summer Workshops and Butler University.
The accomplished maestro has also authored many volumes under Artists Transcriptions series through Hal Leonard, including a magnificent collaboration with legendary jazz artist Sonny Rollins. Collins’ performance and arrangement of The Ballgame can often be heard from in the main entrance of Washington D.C.’ National Parks. Carroll has been a charter member of the internationally recognized Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, while bring in residence there at the Museum of American History.
Carroll had the immense honor of recoding, touring and performing with the group till 1999, which is when he became part of George Mason University, taking the position of Director of Jazz Studies. At the university he teaches various courses on jazz history, jazz ensembles, introduction to jazz improvisation, and other topics in Jazz studies. Today, as the artistic director of Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the sax virtuoso is passionate about making the power and word of the arts known to more and more people, bring them together under the umbrella of such wonderful music and change their lives.
The MJO is in residence at the George Mason Center of The Arts located in the core area of North Virginia, in its technology corridor close to Washington D.C. Among the many songs that Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra has interpreted in their jazz flavor are Flying Me to The Moon by Bart Howards, Daybreak Express by Duke Ellington, I Can’t Stop Loving You by Don Gibson, Avenue C by Count Basie, Love For Sale, West Side Story Medley, Four Brothers, Caldonia, Far Away and Long Ago, and Intermission Riff. In its upcoming concert, the Orchestra will explore the fusion of jazz with the traditional brass band parades. This is a one of a kind performance not to be missed so just book some Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra tickets, and be there to experience the refreshing mix of festive brass band tunes played in the light of jazz musical theory.
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