Aviation, jazz histories mesh in upcoming performance (via AOPA)

The histories of powered flight and jazz—two uniquely American originals—will intertwine in an unusual live performance Oct. 3 at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia.

To Swing Through the Sky was written by Paul Glenshaw, who co-produced and wrote the documentary Barnstorming. It is directed by AOPA member Rick Davis, who is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University.

“The 20-piece Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is providing the music,” Glenshaw said. “There’ll be swing dancers, and film projections—all supporting two characters who guide us through the uncanny parallels in the stories of jazz and flight. It’s amazing how they match up: the Wright brothers and Buddy Bolden; Charles Lindbergh and Louis Armstrong; Howard Hughes and Duke Ellington; Chuck Yeager and Charlie Parker. There’s many more.

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