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  • UConn student photographer, Garrett Spahn visited Earl’s Jazz Night at the Ballard jam session on Feb. 20th. The photos were published in UConn Today, and can be viewed at:
    https://today.uconn.edu/2018/02/all-that-jazz/
  • UConn Today also published an interview with Earl regarding his newly released album, “Open Borders.”  Here’s a link: https://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/open-borders-interview-professor-earl-macdonald/
  • Recent guest conducting has included the Vermont VMEA District VI H.S. Jazz Band (02/03/2018) and the MMEA-ED Jr. Jazz Band (03/10/2018).
  • Earl was a guest on Ken Laster’s WWUH radio program, “In the Groove.” You can listen to the program through the player below:

  • Earl’s new album, “Open Borders” was released on Nov. 21, 2017. For this project, Earl assembled a crack 10-piece band with soloists such as Josh Evans (trumpet), Lauren Sevian (bari sax) and Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax).  You’ll want to add this one to your collection.  Order yours today!
  • Cirrus,” a piece commissioned by the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, was premiered on Nov. 19th, 2017 as a movement within “Suite 150 – A Big Band Portrait,” which includes contributions by eleven prominent Canadian jazz composers.
  • Another newly commissioned big band work, “By Our Love,” was debuted on Dec. 7, 2017 by the UMASS Amherst Jazz 1 Ensemble, directed by Professor Jeffrey Holmes.
  • Earl performed a quartet gig in New York City on Nov. 11, 2017 at the Ukranian Institute of America. His group included Felipe Salles, Henry Lugo and Winard Harper.

 

  • Earl will teach at “Jazz In July” again this summer (2018), in Amherst, MA.
  • Several of Earl’s recent big band arrangements are now available for purchase through eJazzLines. More are on the way!
  • Earl is planning to compose a new series of educational jazz band charts for high school and middle school groups.
  • Join Earl and his UCONN Jazz students for the jam session at the UCONN Bookstore in Storrs Center, from 7 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night while university is in session.

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