The George Mason University Jazz Ensemble and the Fairfax Law Foundation will be presenting the 8th Annual Jazz for Justice concert. The event will be held at the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.

The proceeds of the event will go to the charitable efforts of the Fairfax Foundation. It will also help support the Mason’s Jazz Studies program.

The George Mason Jazz Ensemble will be performing with Geoffrey Gallante, a 9-year-old trumpet prodigy, who will serve as the main attraction for the performance. Freshman and communication major Sha’ Air Hawkins will lend his voice as a guest vocalist. George and Edward Weiner will guest conduct the entire ensemble.

Director of Jazz Studies Jim Carroll expressed his excitement about the contributions the event made.

“The Fairfax Law Foundation provides a valuable contribution to the Fairfax community through its programs educating young people on the justice system and its pro bono work,” said Carroll. “Our Jazz Ensemble is delighted to partner with the foundation year after year, and we’re thrilled to perform this year with such a gifted young musician as Geoffrey.”

The program for the evening includes Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan” and “Istahan,” Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher,” “Hang Gliding,” “Summer Wind,” Frank Foster’s “State of the Art Swing” and more.

The Jazz for Justice event is the creation of Edward Weiner in collaboration with Mason music professor James Gardner. Weiner is a member of the Arts at Mason Board. He is the founder and senior partner of the Fairfax law firm Weiner & Rohrstaff & Spivey. The evening should be a night of soulful music with a meaningful message.