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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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  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019

    New London Big Band

    6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT
    "Arts on the Quad"



    Led by trombonist and composer Sean Nelson, the New London Big Band is a 17-piece jazz orchestra which won
     “Best Jazz Band” for CTNOW’s Best of Hartford.

  • Tue
    06
    Aug
    2019

    Northampton Jazz Workshop

    7:30 - 10:30 PM

    Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA
    [map]


    Grant Stewart - tenor sax, George Kaye - string bass, Jon Fisher - drums.
    Earl is subbing on piano for Paul Arslanian, who is taking the night off.

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    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!

  • 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]

    Earl MacDonald, Doug Maher, John Mastroianni, Cedric Mayfield 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. 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.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019

    UConn Piano Day

    9 AM - 5 PM

    von der Mehren recital hall



    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.

    Schedule of Events

    12:00 pm- Registration/Check in (von der Mehden Recital Hall lobby)
    12:30 pm– Piano Masterclass with Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard faculty)  
    2:00 pm– “Jazz Demystified,” Earl MacDonald, UConn Director of Jazz Studies
    3:00 pm– Panel Discussion on “How to Build and Run a Successful Piano Studio
    8:00 pm- Solo/Duo Recital: Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal, piano

  • 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.

  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2019

    New London Big Band

    9PM

    UConn Student Union, room 304
    Storrs, CT

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

  • 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: Open Borders

    5:00 PM

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

    Open Borders: selections from Prof. Earl MacDonald’s award-winning album

    The 10-piece Jazz Lab Band performs selections from the award-winning album, “Open Borders,” recorded by their director, Professor Earl MacDonald. The album earned MacDonald the distinction of Jazz Music Producer of the Year at the 2019 Independent Music Awards in New York City.

    The music is orchestrated for 2 trumpets, French Horn, trombones, 3 saxophones, piano, bass and drums. The ensemble will be joined by student vocalist, Jocelyn Hoagland for a performance of “East of the Sun,” arranged by MacDonald.

    Described as “a wild set that doesn’t believe in boundaries even if it does believe in structure” (Midwest Record), you can preview the music at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/earlmacdonald5/

     

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