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Speaker: Jim Carroll

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit

In this lecture, Jim Carroll, Artistic Director for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, shares the history of this distinguished ensemble comprising the most remarkable jazz performers in the metro region. Mr. Carroll will discuss and play samples of the music from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, and more. Music from these cool jazz musicians will be performed by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra the following evening. Mr. Carroll invites you to join them at the Oct. 30 Hylton Center performance.

Jim Carroll is a professor in the Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University. His long and illustrious career has included performances with the likes of Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd.

Mr. Carroll, an alto saxophone virtuoso, was a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, in residence at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. He performed, recorded and toured with the group until 1999 when he assumed the position of Director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University.

Mr. Carroll is the founder and artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Connection, and he has presented numerous classes for LLI.