This events calendar includes Earl’s upcoming performances, compositional debuts, recordings and educational activities. On mobile devices this calendar is best viewed horizontally.RSS
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!
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.
Sat26Oct20199 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/
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Darien High School, Darien, CT
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.
Fri13Mar20209 AM - 5 PM
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
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.