George Mason University’s School of Music presents the 17th annual Jazz4Justice LIVE! concert and fundraiser at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts in Fairfax.

For the first time, Jazz4Justice is presented in partnership with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the largest legal aid organization in Northern Virginia, according to a news release.

The two concerts raise funds to support Legal Services of Northern Virginia and the George Mason University Jazz Studies program.

The musical program for the concerts was assembled by James Carroll, professor of Jazz Studies and the Mason Jazz Ensemble director.

“We are excited to feature alto saxophone virtuoso Charlie Young, professor of Music at Howard University and leader/artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Charlie is, absolutely without a doubt, the best,” said Carroll, a Manassas resident.  

Young has served as professor of saxophone at Howard University for over 20 years and was recently appointed the Coordinator of Instrumental Jazz Studies.
Young performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Navy Band, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones.  
“In addition, we will feature amazing student musicians and compositions from Mason’s Jazz Studies Department, and there will be an open jam session hosted by Mason students following each concert.

“We will also be producing a live recording of the concerts. We truly hope local audiences and arts supporters can join us for this wonderful collaboration between Mason Jazz and the legal community.”

Tentatively scheduled on the performance bill are Cut ‘N Run, The Look of Love, I Thought About You, Walt’s Big Band Blues, Jeeps Blues, There Will Never Be Another You, 23 Degrees North-82 Degrees West, Big Cat, Everything Must Change, The Queen Bee, Joe Avery’s Piece, The Four Brothers, Isfahan and Sing Sing Sing.
 Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a private nonprofit, offers free legal services to low income individuals and families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and victims of domestic violence in Northern Virginia.  With seven offices throughout the region, LSNV completed more than 6,000 cases in 2017, benefitting 15,000 individuals and providing assistance.

George Mason University Jazz Ensemble

Jim Carroll, director 


  • Brendan Schnabel
  • Emma Pivetta
  • Seika Van Keuren,
  • Gabriel Rivera Martinez
  • Julian Berger   


  • Chandler Comer    
  • Casey ComerCasey
  • Travis Low
  • A.Tyler Thompson    


  • Steven Blake
  • Andrew Velez
  • Ryan Fuhrman
  • Anthony N Dass
  • Nicholas Sheehan   


Carlehr Swanson 

Rhythm Section

  • Tomas Jackson, Piano
  • Oshea Tolbert, Violin
  • Andrew Lewis, Percussion
  • Ben Rikhoff, Bass
  • Juan Megna,Drums
  • Angel Bethea,Drums
  • Connor Holdridge, Guitar
  • Aviel Scanterbury, Pan

GMU Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Darden Purcell, director

  • Alex Bertke 
  • Dominique Bianco
  • Jordan Crockett
  • Kyle Donovan 
  • Taisha Estrada
  • Joi Harper 
  • Courtney Jennelle
  • Marcus Lopez
  • Emily Mayberry 
  • Jason Nesmith
  • Brooke Nyren
  • Luke Pierce
  • Carlehr Swanson
  • Dylan Toms 
  • Conor Van Slyke
  • Massimo Zaru-Roque

Rhythm Section

  • Tomas Jackson, Piano
  • Connor Holdridge, Guitar
  • John-Marc Diner, Bass
  • Angel Bethea, Drums

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