Events

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: 2020 2019
  • Wed
    11
    Sep
    2019

    w/ Doug Maher and Logan MacDonald

    7:00 PM

    Cafémantic, 948 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226, USA (map)
    Sunset Summer Series on the patio



    Doug Maher - guitar, tenor sax
    Logan MacDonald - trumpet
    Earl MacDonald - keyboard, trumpet

    Come support Earl's son Logan in his gigging debut. 

  • Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019

    UConn Jazz Showcase

    5:00 PM

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

    Gregg August, 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 2019-20 season will feature all of the student jazz groups performing one or two selections. Bon appétit!

  • Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019

    Messenger Pigeons - jazz combo performance

    2:00 PM

    Mansfield Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. 100 Warren Circle, Storrs, CT.

    The Messenger Pigeons is a jazz combo comprised of middle school and high school-aged students.  It is co-led by Earl MacDonald, Louis Hanzlik and Mark McCormick. Most of the band members met while participating in the Eastern Region Middle School Jazz Ensemble in 2018.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019

    UConn Piano Day

    9 AM - 5 PM

    UConn Music Building, 1295 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT



    UConn Piano Day includes performances and workshops designed to benefit local piano teachers & students. https://music.uconn.edu/community/uconn-piano-day/

  • Sun
    27
    Oct
    2019

    UConn Jazz Combos: Hipster Night

    5:00 PM

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

    Gregg August, Doug Maher and John Mastroianni, directors

    Don your beret, shades, scarf and zoot suit. The top three audience members wearing the jazziest outfits (selected by the band) win a free CD from one of our illustrious jazz faculty.

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019

    UConn Jazz Ensemble

    5:00 PM

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

    The 17-piece UConn Jazz Ensemble, joined by guest multi-instrumentalist Erica von Kleist, will celebrate and bring into focus the contributions women have made to the jazz idiom. The performance will showcase compositions by prominent contemporary jazz composers (who happen to be women) including Maria Schneider, Erica Seguine, Sherrie Maricle, Christine Jensen, Sara Jacovino, Miho Hazama, and Jen Allen.

  • Sun
    17
    Nov
    2019

    UConn Jazz Lab Band: Strange Brew

    5:00 PM

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

    The Jazz Lab Band performs a distinctive blend of repertoire spanning works by the traditional big band icons to some of the leading contemporary writers for the modern jazz orchestra.

     

  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2019
    Fri
    29
    Nov
    2019

    UConn Jazz Ensemble Tour

    Locations TBA

  • Wed
    15
    Jan
    2020
    Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020

    MMEA Central District Jazz Ensemble


    Conducted by Earl MacDonald.

    Rehearsals
     @ North Middlesex Regional High School, 19 Main St, Townsend, MA:

    • Wed., Jan. 15, 2020, 2pm – 9pm
    • Fri., Jan. 17, 2020, 2pm – 9pm

    Concert @ Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester, MA:

    • Sat., Jan. 18, 2020, 10am – 6pm
  • 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.

  • Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020
  • 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.

  • 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.

     

    UConn Jazz Festival Faculty

    Earl MacDonald, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, Director of UConn Jazz 10tet
    John Mastroianni, Assistant Professor in Residence of Jazz Studies, Director of UConn Jazz Ensemble

  • 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.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020
  • 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]

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