Events

This events calendar includes Earl’s upcoming performances, compositional debuts, recordings and educational activities. On mobile devices this calendar is best viewed horizontally.

Upcoming Gigs

Upcoming | Archive: 2024 2023 2022
  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2024

    Chris Beaudry Trio - Spring Hill Inn Jazz Brunch

    10AM - 1PM

    The Tavern at Spring Hill. Spring Hill Inn, 957 Storrs Rd, Mansfield, CT.
    Call ☎️ 860-477-0239 to reserve your spot!

    Featuring Tyler Sherman on bass, Chris Beaudry on sax, and Earl on piano. 

  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2024

    Brenan Brothers CD Release - Edmonton

    8PM

    Logo for the Yardbird Suite Jazz Club in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Yardbird Suite
    11 Tommy Banks Way NW
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    T6E 2M2
    (780) 432-0428

    "Valley of Silence," the Brenan Brothers' second album, released in 2024.CD release performance for the Brenan Brothers album, “The Valley of Silence.” Jim Brenan – tenor saxophone, Craig Brenan – trombone, David Lavoie – trumpet, Sean Craig – alto saxophone, Earl MacDonald – piano, Rubim deToledo – string bass, David Laing – drum set.

  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2024

    Jazz YYC Jam Session

    8 - 10 pm

    FRIDAY Night Live Jazz at The Eden

    TD Summer Jazz Festival
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Sun
    30
    Jun
    2024

    Brenan Brothers CD Release - Calgary

    7:30PM

    Logo for the Ironwood State and Grill, a performance venue in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Ironwood Stage and Grill
    1229 9 Ave SE,
    Calgary AB, Canada
    T2G0S9
    Phone +1 403-269-5581
    ironwoodstage.ca

    "Valley of Silence," the Brenan Brothers' second album, released in 2024.CD release performance for the Brenan Brothers album, “The Valley of Silence.” Jim Brenan – tenor saxophone, Craig Brenan – trombone, David Lavoie – trumpet, Sean Craig – alto saxophone, Earl MacDonald – piano, Jon Wielebnowski – string bass, Afo Fapujuwo – drum set.

  • Mon
    08
    Jul
    2024
    Fri
    12
    Jul
    2024

    Jazz In July Summer Music Program

    Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


    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.

    The 2-week in-person program will run July 8-19, 2024. Earl will teach during the first week: July 8-12.

  • Wed
    17
    Jul
    2024

    New London Big Band

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    The Social Bar + Kitchen
    208 Bank St., New London, CT

    the New London Big Band 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.

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2024

    Jazz in July All-Stars Concert

    6 - 9PM

    Amherst Town Common, Amherst, Massachusetts

    Jazz In JulyThe Jazz-in-July All-Stars Concert is a round-robin style concert featuring collaborations between the nationally and internationally known Jazz in July faculty members.

     

    Although subject to change, the anticipated roster of performers includes:
     
    Vocals: Sheila Jordan, Dominique Eade, Catherine Jensen Hole
    Brass: Jeff Holmes, Steve Davis
    Saxophone: Bruce Diehl, Felipe Salles, Frank Newton
    Piano: Earl MacDonald, Luis Perdomo, Christian Sands, Lee Tomboulian, Stephen Page
    Bass: Fumi Tomita, Avery Sharpe, Genevieve Rose
    Guitar: Bob Ferrier
    Drums: Steve Johns, Winard Harper, Greg Caputo

    This concert is presented in cooperation with the Amherst Business Improvement District as part of their summer concert series.

  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2024

    Dianne Mower

    6 - 8 PM

    Wind Hill Community Farm, 3006 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, CT

    Logo for jazz vocalist, Dianne Mower.Dianne Mower – vocals, Earl MacDonald – piano, Lou Bocciarelli – string bass, Tom Devino – drums

    * Rain date: Sunday, July 21. 6 – 8PM

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2024

    Private Event - trio

    5 - 8 PM

    Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut

    Private Event at the Old Lyme Inn

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2024

    Colin Walters Quartet

    5 - 7 PM

    Stratford, CT
    (outdoors, under a tent)

    Colin Walters – alto saxophone, Earl MacDonald – piano, TBA – bass, TBA – drums

  • Fri
    30
    Aug
    2024

    Opening Convocation - UConn Music

    1:25 - 2:25 PM

    von der Mehren Recital Hall

    von der Mehden Recital Hall
    Storrs, CT

    Debut performance of “Invocation.” Everett Hoagland – lyricist, Earl MacDonald – composer
    Rod Nelman – bass-baritone, Earl MacDonald – piano, Colin Walters – saxophone (featured alumnus)

  • Sun
    20
    Oct
    2024

    UConn Jazz Combos

    3 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall logoGeneral admission is $10.
    Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    Steven Bulmer, director

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2024

    UConn Jazz Lab Band

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall logoGeneral admission is $10.
    Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    Earl MacDonald, director

  • Sun
    17
    Nov
    2024

    UConn Jazz Ensemble

    6 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall logoGeneral admission is $10.
    Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    John Mastroianni, director

  • Fri
    07
    Feb
    2025

    UConn High School Jazz Festival

    9 AM - 6 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,
    • a twenty-minute personalized clinic by a UConn Jazz faculty member,
    • beginning, intermediate, and advanced level improvisation master classes, and
    • a mini-concert by the UConn Jazz Ensemble and UConn Jazz faculty.
  • Sun
    13
    Apr
    2025

    UConn Jazz Lab Band

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall logoGeneral admission is $10.
    Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    Earl MacDonald, director

  • Tue
    22
    Apr
    2025

    UConn Jazz Combos

    8 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall logoGeneral admission is $10.
    Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    Steven Bulmer, director

  • Sun
    27
    Apr
    2025

    UConn Jazz Ensemble

    6 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall logoGeneral admission is $10.
    Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    John Mastroianni, director

 

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