Musicians and Lawyers Come Together in Jazz 4 Justice

Posted: November 6, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: November 7, 2013 at 6:51 am

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By Catherine Probst 

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In two exceptional evenings that bring together education, music and law, George Mason University’s School of Music joins forces with the Fairfax Law Foundation and Prince William County Bar Foundation to present Jazz 4 Justice.

Jazz 4 Justice features the Mason Jazz Ensemble performing a program titled “Nothin’ But the Blues” in two separate concerts. The event supports community and legal services in Fairfax and Prince William Counties, as well as scholarships for students in George Mason’s School of Music.

The first concert takes place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. at Mason’s Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus. The second concert takes place on Friday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at Mason’s Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus. Each performance will feature a special guest conductor: Albert Bonin, president of the Fairfax Law Foundation and an attorney with ShounBach L.C., and Catherine Croft, president-elect and director of the Prince William County Bar Foundation and an attorney with Farrell & Croft, P.C., respectively.

This year, the Mason Jazz Ensemble, led by Jim Carroll, director of instrumental studies, will welcome the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble directed by Darden Purcell, director of Jazz Studies at Mason, and Tracey Wright, as a special guest vocalist. The program includes blues classics such as Duke Ellington’s “Happy Go Lucky Local,” B.B. King’s “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” and Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing,” among many others.

“Jazz 4 Justice is a wonderful opportunity for attorneys, judges, students and community members to gather and celebrate their love of music,” says Carroll. “Mason is thrilled to be partnering again with the Fairfax Law Foundation and the Prince William County Bar Foundation to help support their mission, as well as our students.”

Jazz 4 Justice was established in 2000 by Edward Weiner of Weiner, Spivey & Miller, PLC in Fairfax, Va. Weiner, also president of the Fairfax Bar Association, was inspired to form a partnership when he attended a recital in Mason’s Department of Music (as it was formerly known). As past president of the Fairfax Law Foundation, he saw an opportunity for the two organizations to work together.

“We look forward to this event every year where we can bring together the music and legal communities in Fairfax, and now in Prince William,” says Weiner. “It’s always an exciting event and we’re proud to be able to showcase these talented artists and support the foundations’ educational and charitable programs.”

Established by the Fairfax Bar Association in 1982, the Fairfax Law Foundation supports local programs to improve the community’s access to justice and promote education regarding the legal system. The foundation offers programs that allow members of the Fairfax Bar Association to give back and make a difference.

The Prince William County Bar Foundation was established in 2000 to provide funding for law-related education and service projects in the 31st Judicial Circuit. The foundation raises funds through contributions from the Prince William County legal community and other nonprofit, government, corporate and private donors.

Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to join in music making at the post-concert jam session and reception. For more information about the concert and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Write to Colleen Kearney Rich at ckearney@gmu.edu

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