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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: 2020 2019
  • 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/

    Earl will give a performance/presentation entitled, "Demystifying Jazz," where he will perform with a student rhythm section, and then take questions from the audience. He will also play a jazz standard in solo and trio contexts, to demonstrate the different approaches.

  • Sun
    27
    Oct
    2019

    UConn Jazz Combos: Miles' Styles

    5:00 PM

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

    Doug Maher and Cedric Mayfield, directors

    Miles Davis left an awe-inspiring legacy of innovation in American music history, having contributed to the development of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, the modal sound, and jazz fusion. Join us as we pay tribute to this influential, boundary stretching musical legend.

  • 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
    04
    Dec
    2019

    USO Galla

    7PM

    Marriott Marquis Times Square,
    Broadway Ballroom
    New York City

    USO

     

     

     

     

    Earl will perform with David Wright's musical ensemble for the gala and dinner of the USO of Metropolitan New York, Inc., at Marriott Marquis Times Square, Broadway Ballroom on Wednesday, December 4, 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.

  • 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
  • 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]

  • Mon
    20
    Jul
    2020
    Fri
    24
    Jul
    2020

    UConn Pre-College Summer Jazz Camp

    University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus

    UConn Pre-College Summer Program

     

     

     

     

    https://precollege-summer.uconn.edu

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