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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 | Archive: 2021 2020 2019
  • Tue
    31
    Aug
    2021
    Sat
    16
    Oct
    2021

    2021 Studio Art + Digital Media & Design Faculty Exhibition

    The William Benton Museum of Art is Connecticut’s State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs. 245 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3140 | ph: (860) 486-4520 | Directions
    Museum Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00pm [Masks Required]

    The "By Our Love" cover image. A large, intimidating fish is about to eat a little fish, illustrating an imbalance in power.This biennial exhibition features new work by the exceptional artists who teach studio art in UConn’s Department of Art and Art History, School of Fine Arts. The variety of media featured reflects the diverse academic concentrations offered by the department, including graphic design, industrial design, illustration/animation, painting, photography/video, printmaking, and sculpture/ceramics. 

    By Our Love,” the thought-provoking animated short created collaboratively by Professor Cora Lynn Deibler, Earl MacDonald and Greenhouse Studios will be displayed.

    Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9, 2021, 4:30 – 7:00pm (rain date September 10) 

  • Sun
    19
    Sep
    2021
  • Fri
    24
    Sep
    2021

    New album release date

    Consecrated, an album of jazz hymn arrangements by pianist Earl MacDonald.Earl’s new album, “Consecrated” is a collection of hymns, brimming with poetic elegance and jazz underpinnings. Unlike any of Earl’s previous recordings, vocals stand front-and-center, with Canadian up-and-comer Karly Epp introduced as an important, new collaborator. It comes out on Sept. 24th.

    Pre-order now!

  • Sat
    25
    Sep
    2021

    Willimantic Downtown Country Fair

    12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

    The Shaboo Stage. Jillson Square, 533 Main Street, Willimantic, CT

    The Shaboo Stage in Willimantic, Connecticut's Jillson Square.

    Earl’s ensemble will interpret the music of the Great American Songbook as well as perform selections from his new CD, which will be available for purchase.

    Atla DeChamplain – vocals, Haneef Nelson – trumpet, Earl MacDonald – piano, Henry Lugo – string bass, Curtis Torian – drums

    There will be music, food, local craft vendors and children’s activities –– all in the middle of Willimantic’s beautiful Town Green. Free admission. 

  • Wed
    29
    Sep
    2021

    New London Big Band

    6:30 - 9 p.m.

    The Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT. 208 Bank Street, New London, CT.
    Tickets required. (860) 442-6900.
    [This event will take place outside, in the parking lot, as a COVID-19 safety precaution.]
    Rain Date: 9/30.

    the New London Big Band's logoLed 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. Formed in 2016, they play monthly to sold out crowds at the Social Bar + Kitchen in New London.

  • Thu
    30
    Sep
    2021

    [Rain Date] New London Big Band

    6:30 - 9 p.m.

    The Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT. 208 Bank Street, New London, CT.
    Tickets required. (860) 442-6900.
    [This event will take place outside, in the parking lot, as a COVID-19 safety precaution.]
    Rain Date: 9/30.

    the New London Big Band's logoLed 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. Formed in 2016, they play monthly to sold out crowds at the Social Bar + Kitchen in New London.

  • Sat
    09
    Oct
    2021

    CD Release Concert: "Consecrated"

    7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    First Church, Glastonbury

    First Church of Christ Congregational
    2183 Main Street  Glastonbury, CT 06033 
    (860) 633-4641
    firstchurch@glastonburyfirst.org

    This will be the CD Release event for Earl’s new recording, “Consecrated” –– an album of traditional hymns, brimming with poetic elegance. It is set for international release on Sept. 24th, 2021.

    Atla DeChamplain – vocals, David Smith – trumpet, Kris Allen – alto sax, Earl MacDonald – piano, Henry Lugo – string bass, Rogerio Boccato – drum set

  • Sat
    23
    Oct
    2021

    Jazz Piano Master Class - Connecticut Music Educators Association

    10AM

    online, via ZOOM.

    Connecticut Music Educator's AssociationOnline jazz piano master class (via ZOOM) in preparation for Connecticut high school regional jazz ensembles auditions. 

  • Sun
    24
    Oct
    2021

    UConn Jazz Combos

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    University of Connecticut logo

  • Sat
    30
    Oct
    2021

    UConn Piano Day

    9 AM - 5 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

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

  • Mon
    01
    Nov
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Sun
    07
    Nov
    2021
  • Mon
    08
    Nov
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Mon
    22
    Nov
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Mon
    29
    Nov
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Sun
    05
    Dec
    2021
  • Mon
    06
    Dec
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Mon
    13
    Dec
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Mon
    20
    Dec
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Mon
    27
    Dec
    2021

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    8 - 10 PM

    Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
    860.246.7610

    Reservation advised.Arch Street Tavern

  • Fri
    11
    Feb
    2022
    Sat
    12
    Feb
    2022
  • Sun
    20
    Feb
    2022
  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2022

    UConn Jazz Combos

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    University of Connecticut logo

  • Sun
    03
    Apr
    2022
  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2022
  • Mon
    11
    Jul
    2022
    Fri
    22
    Jul
    2022

    Jazz In July Summer Music Program

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Fine Arts Center

    Jazz In JulyJazz in July is a multi-generational jazz improvisation program with an impressive 40-year history. It is a concentrated two-week program where both vocal and instrumental musicians study jazz improvisation with some of the nation’s best jazz educators and artists.

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