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This events calendar includes Earl’s upcoming performances, compositional debuts, recordings and educational activities. On mobile devices this calendar is best viewed horizontally.

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Upcoming Gigs

Upcoming | Archive: 2021 2020 2019
  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020
    Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020

    Myra Jazz Festival

    Red River High School, Grand Forks, North Dakota


    The Myra Jazz Festival has been running continuously for over 30 years. It is a two-day festival for middle school and high school jazz bands in the upper Red River Valley. In addition to adjudicating and presenting clinic sessions, Earl will perform as a featured guest artist with the Myra Big Band. The festival is free and open to the public on both days.

  • Fri
    31
    Jan
    2020

    University of Manitoba Master Class

    Desautels Faculty of Music, 136 Dafoe Road W., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada, Phone: 204-474-9310

    University of ManitobaEarl has been invited to give a presentation regarding his latest compositional and arranging projects. In conjunction with this presentation, he will perform with Professors Karly Epp and Karl Kohut.

  • Sun
    09
    Feb
    2020

    St. Paul's Church

    10:30AM

    156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279

    St. Paul's Church

    On the second Sunday of each month, Earl plays a post-sermon reflection and joins in with the worship band at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020

    Manchester High School Jazz Festival

    8AM - 8PM

    Earl will adjudicate approximately 15 high school bands, and administer post-performance clinics.
    Manchester High School

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020

    SNOW DATE: Manchester High School Jazz Festival

    8AM - 8PM

    Earl will adjudicate approximately 15 high school bands, and administer post-performance clinics.

  • Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020
  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2020
    Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020

    Recording Session

    PBS Studios, Westwood MA

    Earl records his next album! Stay tuned for details.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    Messenger Pigeons @ StoneRidge

    2PM

    StoneRidge Senior Living Community
    186 Jerry Browne Road
    Mystic, Connecticut

    The Messenger Pigeons is a jazz combo comprised of middle school and high school-aged students. Most of the band members met while participating in the Eastern Region Middle School Jazz Ensemble in 2018. The group is co-led by two of the band members’ fathers, Earl MacDonald and Louis Hanzlik. The band rehearses together twice per month at UConn.

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2020

    Darien High School Jazz Festival

    4:00 PM

    Darien High School, Darien, CT

    Jazz Jamboree

    Darien High School will host its seventh annual Jazz Jamboree on March 1 at 4 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Twelve area high school ensembles will be competing. Admission is five dollars. UConn jazz professors Earl MacDonald and John Mastroianni will adjudicate.

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2020

    St. Paul's Church

    10:30AM

    156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279

    St. Paul's Church

    On the second Sunday of each month, Earl plays a post-sermon reflection and joins in with the worship band at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2020

    UConn High School Jazz Festival

    9 AM - 5 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

    The annual UConn Jazz Festival is a non-competitive and educationally-rewarding experience that provides a forum for mutual support of each ensemble’s efforts while enhancing skills in the jazz idiom. Highlights of the festival include a twenty-minute performance time for each ensemble in von der Mehden Recital Hall, a twenty-minute personalized clinic by a UConn Jazz faculty member, instrument-specific master classes, and a mini-concert by the UConn Jazz Ensemble and UConn Jazz faculty.

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020
    Sat
    21
    Mar
    2020

    Brandon Jazz Festival

    Brandon University
    Brandon, Manitoba, Canada


    The Brandon Jazz Festival is a showcase of young up-and-coming jazz musicians. Every year, talented musicians come to the Brandon Jazz Festival to perform and receive education from veteran jazz musicians from all over the world.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2020

    Guardians Big Band @ Waterford HS Jazz Festival

    12pm

    Waterford High School,
    15 Rope Ferry Rd.,
    Waterford, CT 06385

    Earl performs with the US Coast Guard’s Guardians Big Band while they search for a full-time pianist.

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020

    Guardians Big Band @ Old Saybrook High School

    6pm - 8pm

    Old Saybrook High School
    1111 Boston Post Road
    Old Saybrook, CT 06475

    Earl performs with the US Coast Guard’s Guardians Big Band while they search for a full-time pianist.

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2020

    Guardians Big Band @ Manchester High School

    2 - 4 PM

    Manchester High School
    134 East Middle Turnpike
    Manchester, CT 06040

    Earl performs with the US Coast Guard’s Guardians Big Band while they search for a full-time pianist.

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2020

    CMEA In-Service Conference

    1 pm - 2pm

    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Blvd.
    Hartford, CT 06103

    Connecticut Music Educator’s Association In-Service Conference
    Presentation Topic: Small Group  jazz Improvisation for Middle School Students

    Thursday, April 2nd 1:00-2:00

    Connecticut Music Educator's Association

  • Sun
    05
    Apr
    2020
  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020
  • Sun
    12
    Apr
    2020

    St. Paul's Church

    10:30AM

    156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279

    St. Paul's Church

    On the second Sunday of each month, Earl plays a post-sermon reflection and joins in with the worship band at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
  • Sat
    02
    May
    2020

    UConn Music: Spectrum Concert

    8:00 PM

    Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2020

    St. Paul's Church

    10:30AM

    156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279

    St. Paul's Church

    On the second Sunday of each month, Earl plays a post-sermon reflection and joins in with the worship band at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Mon
    13
    Jul
    2020
    Fri
    17
    Jul
    2020

    Jazz In July

    UMass Amherst, Fine Arts Center

    Questions?
    Call: 413.545.3530
    e-mail: jazzinjuly@acad.umass.edu

    Jazz In July
    A typical day for participants usually goes like this:
    9:00 a.m.   Instrumental Combos/ Vocalists with Faculty Trio
    11:30 a.m.  Lunch/Practice time
    1:00 p.m.   Faculty Approaches to Improvisation
    2:00 p.m.   Jazz Forum: Putting it Together – Vocalists meet Instrumentalists
    3:30 p.m.   Vocalists with Faculty Trio/Applied Instrumental Clinics
    4:30 p.m.   Dinner
    6:15 p.m.   Vocalist Workshop/Big Band Rehearsal/Jam Sessions
    8:30 p.m.   Jam Sessions

  • Mon
    20
    Jul
    2020
    Fri
    24
    Jul
    2020

    UConn Pre-College Summer Jazz Camp

    University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus

    UConn Pre-College Summer Program

    Improvisation on the Fly!

    Would you like to take your jazz improvisation skills to the next level and return to your band program with more swagger and attitude? Learn the nuts and bolts of how to play a jazz solo. Be the star soloist that you always dreamed of being. Gain experience and confidence playing with others.

    • Take command of your improvised solos!
    • Fully equip yourself for a successful college jazz audition.
    • Further expand your instrumental technical facility.
    • Expand your knowledge of theory, harmony, and history all while building monster “chops.”

    https://precollege-summer.uconn.edu

  • Sun
    20
    Sep
    2020

    UConn Jazz Showcase

    3:00 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

    von der Mehren Recital Hall

    Earl MacDonald, Doug Maher and John Mastroianni, directors

    Try a little of this and a little of that at our jazz buffet. Experience a true cross-sampling of jazz styles and eras at a concert incorporating both big bands and combos. This premier performance of the 2020-21 season will feature all of the student jazz groups performing one or two selections. Bon appétit!

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2020
  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2020

    UConn Jazz Lab Band

    3:00 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

    von der Mehren Recital Hall

     

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2020

    UConn Jazz Ensemble

    5:00 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

    von der Mehren Recital Hall

    The 17-piece UConn Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Mastroianni.

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2021
    Sat
    06
    Feb
    2021

    UConn High School Jazz Festival

    9 AM - 9 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

    The annual UConn Jazz Festival is a non-competitive and educationally-rewarding experience that provides a forum for mutual support of each ensemble’s efforts while enhancing skills in the jazz idiom. Highlights of the festival include a twenty-minute performance time for each ensemble in von der Mehden Recital Hall, a twenty-minute personalized clinic by a UConn Jazz faculty member, instrument-specific master classes, and a mini-concert by the UConn Jazz Ensemble and UConn Jazz faculty.

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2021
  • Sun
    28
    Mar
    2021
  • Sun
    11
    Apr
    2021

    UConn Jazz Lab Band

    3:00 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd, Storrs, CT
    [directions and parking]

    von der Mehren Recital Hall

     

  • Sun
    18
    Apr
    2021

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