Earl MacDonald is a composer, arranger, pianist and educator specializing in jazz. Originally from Canada, the former musical director for Maynard Ferguson is now based in Connecticut, halfway between Boston and NYC.
- A new CD recording, Quintet Matinee will be released on 09/15/2015. It includes Earl's composition, It Was Whispered, recorded by the CONNcurrents, UConn's faculty chamber ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw.
- Several of Earl's recent big band arrangements are now available for purchase through eJazzLines. More are on the way!
- Earl's next album will be recorded on 11/29/2015! For this project, he has assembled a crack 10-piece band with soloists such as Josh Evans (trumpet), Lauren Sevian (bari sax) and Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax). This one will be smokin'!
- The 2015-2016 Massachusetts All State Jazz Band will be conducted by Earl in performances at Symphony Hall in Boston and the Newport Jazz Festival next year.