"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


Earl's new album, "Open Borders" will be released on November 21st!



“Open Borders” is scheduled for release on Nov. 21st, 2017 and will be available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and this web site.

Press Release  • Album Liner Notes  •  About the Music • the Musicians  • Earl MacDonald's Yankee Gumbo • Recording Process • Thanks •  Reviews • 


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.

Available for:


Artist-in-Residence programs • clinicscommissionscross-disciplinary collaborationsfestival adjudicationguest conducting of All-State and regional jazz ensembles • performances (with one of Earl's many bands) • soloist appearancesrecord productionsummer music camp instructionworkshops