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Upcoming | Archive: 2021 2020 2019
  • Wed
    18
    Dec
    2019

    New London Big Band

    7:30 - 10:00 PM
    The Social Bar + Kitchen
    208 Bank St, New London, CT 06320
    Join us for an electrifying evening of jazz at the hottest spot in New London! THE PLACE SELLS OUT QUICK! Admission is free, but book your reservation now by calling (860) 442-6900 -- only $5 a seat. If you don't arrive for your reservation by 7:30pm, your seat will be given to the another guest.
     

    the logo for the New London Big BandLed by trombonist and composer Sean Nelson, the New London Big Band is a 17-piece jazz orchestra made up of the finest musicians in New England. The band plays a mix of classic jazz standards, upbeat dance tunes, and original music by band members, and regularly features instrumental and vocal soloists.

  • Mon
    23
    Dec
    2019

    Chris Beaudry 4tet @ Black-eyed Sally's

    8:00 PM

    Black-eyed Sally's
    350 Asylum St.,
    Hartford, CT. 06103
    (860) 278-7427

    Chris Beaudry – tenor sax
    Earl MacDonald – piano
    Tim Norton – string bass
    T.B.A. – drum set

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Thu
    12
    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.

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020
    Fri
    20
    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
    26
    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.

  • Fri
    27
    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.

  • Sat
    28
    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.

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2020
  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2020
  • Fri
    01
    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
    12
    Jul
    2020
    Thu
    16
    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

  • Sun
    19
    Jul
    2020
    Thu
    23
    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

  • Sat
    19
    Sep
    2020

    UConn Jazz Showcase

    3:00 PM

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

    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!

  • Sat
    24
    Oct
    2020

    UConn Jazz Combos

    3:00 PM

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

     

  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2020

    UConn Jazz Lab Band

    3:00 PM

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

     

     

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2020

    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, 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
  • Sat
    27
    Mar
    2021
  • Sat
    10
    Apr
    2021

    UConn Jazz Lab Band

    3:00 PM

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

     

  • Sat
    17
    Apr
    2021

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