"A magical, musical alchemist of hip hybrids"

Owen McNally, the Hartford Courant

"smart, economical writing and fabulous blowing"

Marc Myers, JazzWax

"an artistic visionary"

George W Carroll, NiteLifeExchange.com

"a major force in the world of jazz composition"

Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"one of the most accomplished pianists in the business"

Edward Blanco, All About Jazz


New Album-Release Scheduled in 2021

Earl is currently prepping his his sixth full-length studio album. He will release it in early 2021. For this project, Earl arranged a selection of hymns where the lyrics express and mirror aspects of his own complex faith journey. The music conveys a wide spectrum of sentiments, ranging from reverence and gratitude to petition, pleading and lament. The album title, track listing and musician roster will be shared here soon.

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. Here you can find out about Earl’s new music, performances, teaching, and latest projects. Visit Earl’s blog, download MP3s, buy CDs, read reviews, or take a free online lesson. Enjoy, browse leisurely and visit often.

Jazz Music Producer of the Year

2019 Independent Music Awards

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