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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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2021

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  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2021

    "By Our Love" -- NEW single release!

    7PM

     

    The "By Our Love" cover image. A large, intimidating fish is about to eat a little fish, illustrating an imbalance in power.“By Our Love” will be released on the Friday following Inauguration Day. The animated short will be posted on http://www.by-our-love.com. The single will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon and all the other major online music platforms.Logos for the various online music streaming and downloading companies.

     

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2021

    ZOOM lecture: the Lineage of Jazz Piano

    4:00 PM

    Toronto, Canada // Storrs, CT (via ZOOM)

    Established in 2006, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band (YBB) is a free educational program that provides the opportunity for selected middle- and high-school students to rehearse with an 18-piece big band and perform with international jazz luminaries. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program is designed to provide outstanding educational instruction that allows participants to develop musical and social skills while interacting in a diverse, professional setting. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is led by musical director Jules Estrin, one of Canada’s most in-demand jazz ensemble clinicians, adjudicators and educators.

  • Sun
    25
    Apr
    2021

    Miles Davis' "Birth of the Cool," performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet

    2 p.m. EST

    Live Stream from the US Coast Guard Academy.
    New London, CT
    https://livestream.com/CGA/APR-25-2021

    The U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet performs Miles Davis’ “The Birth of the Cool.”
    Earl is performing as a substitute pianist within the 9-piece ensemble.

  • Sat
    29
    May
    2021

    "Blindfold" Listening Test with the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band

    4:00 PM

    Toronto, Canada // Storrs, CT (via ZOOM)

    This week Alex Dean and Earl MacDonald join the JAZZ.FM91 Virtual Big Band program for our first Big Band Blindfold Test!

    Established in 2006, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band (YBB) is a free educational program that provides the opportunity for selected middle- and high-school students to rehearse with an 18-piece big band and perform with international jazz luminaries. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program is designed to provide outstanding educational instruction that allows participants to develop musical and social skills while interacting in a diverse, professional setting. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is led by musical director Jules Estrin, one of Canada’s most in-demand jazz ensemble clinicians, adjudicators and educators.

  • Fri
    25
    Jun
    2021

    The Beacons (U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet)

    6 - 7 PM
    La Grua Center
    32 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378
    https://lagruacenter.org

    Free parking for La Grua Center events is located in the lot at Stonington Commons at 32 Water Street in Stonington Borough. Turn right just past the Inn at Stonington where the sign says Stonington Commons. The parking lot is in front of you as you turn in, and we're the one-story stone building at the far end of the green.

    If the lot is full, look for additional free parking further along Water Street as you head south toward the water, and at DuBois Beach on Stonington Point at the end of the street.

    La Grua Center is part of the Stonington Commons Community and parking around the green is designated for Stonington Commons residents only.

    Earl is performing as a guest pianist within the 9-piece U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet.
    Summer Concert on the Green.

  • Tue
    29
    Jun
    2021

    The Beacons (U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet)

    7 PM

    Esker Point Beach
    900 Groton Long Point Rd, Groton, CT06340
    https://www.groton-ct.gov/facility_detail_T74_R114.php

    Esker Point Beach is a public beach, situated on scenic Esker Bay just before Groton Long Point. Esker Point Beach has ample parking just across the street. The beach has a concession stand as well as sandy beaches.

    Earl is performing as a guest pianist within the 9-piece U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet.

  • Mon
    12
    Jul
    2021

    Jazz In July Summer Music Program - ONLINE

    Online

    Jazz In JulyUMass Fine Arts Center is offering one week of online instruction, similar to 2020, from July 12-16, 2021.

    Musicians age 15 and up are invited to enroll in the Jazz in July online education program. Join world-class jazz artist/educators via Zoom for a week of afternoon workshops on jazz improvisation, harmony, rhythm, instrumental and vocal masterclasses, and special guest lecturers. Register and learn more at jazzinjuly.com.  Scholarships available.
  • Thu
    15
    Jul
    2021

    The Beacons (U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet)

    5:30 - 7:30 PM

    CT River Museum, Essex
    67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
    860.767.8269
    DIRECTIONS

    https://ctrivermuseum.org/events/thursdays-on-the-dock-uscg-dixie-jazz-band/

    In order to maintain best social distance practices, we will continue to limit the number attending our Thursdays on the Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Contact information (name and phone number/email) will be taken as you enter our property. Thank you for your understanding.

    Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Each Thursday evening in July and August from 5:30-7:30, bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river.

    Earl is performing as a guest pianist within the 9-piece U.S. Coast Guard Jazz Nonet.

  • Wed
    21
    Jul
    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.

    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.

  • Fri
    23
    Jul
    2021

    New single release: Take My Life And Let It Be Consecrated


    The Spotify graphic for Earl MacDonald's single, "Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated." The first single for Earl’s new album will be released on Friday, July 23rd. Spotify “pre-save” information will be posted on this website, shortly.

  • Fri
    30
    Jul
    2021

    Jazz In July 40th Anniversary Concert

    7 - 9PM

    the Town Green
    Amherst, MA

    Jazz In JulyA concert event to celebrate 40 years of Jazz in July!  On July 30, 2021 we will be hosting an outdoor performance on the town green in Amherst. This is part of a concert series presented by the Amherst Business Improvement District (Amherst BID).  They will be providing stage, lighting, sound, and production.

  • Sat
    31
    Jul
    2021

    New London Big Band

    6:30pm - 8pm

    Essex Park, Essex, CT
    (Essex Park is located at the middle of Main Street (the small green with the gazebo. It's right by the post office and the Black Seal.)

    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
    19
    Aug
    2021

    POSTPONED --- Jazz on the Rocks w/ the Chris Beaudry Group

    5:30 - 8:30p.m.

    Stone Row

    Stone Row Kitchen + Bar, 948 Main St, Willimantic, CT
    reservations: (860) 423-4243
    https://stonerowkb.com

    Chris Beaudry – tenor saxophone, Timothy Norton – string bass, Earl MacDonald – piano.
    Special guest soloist: Logan MacDonald – trumpet

  • Wed
    25
    Aug
    2021

    CANCELED --- New London Big Band

    6:30 - 8p.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. The band will play one, long set.]

    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
    26
    Aug
    2021

    Jazz on the Rocks w/ the Chris Beaudry Group

    5:30 - 8:30pm

    Stone Row

    Stone Row Kitchen + Bar, 948 Main St, Willimantic, CT
    reservations: (860) 423-4243
    https://stonerowkb.com

    Chris Beaudry – tenor saxophone, Timothy Norton – string bass, Earl MacDonald – piano.
    Special guest soloist: Logan MacDonald – trumpet

  • Fri
    27
    Aug
    2021

    2nd New Single Release: Be Still, My Soul

    The Spotify image for Earl MacDonald's single, "Be Still My Soul"“Be Still, My Soul,” the second single from Earl’s forthcoming album, will be released on Aug. 27th. This reworking of Sibelius’ Finlandia hymn acknowledges the reality of difficult life circumstances. But contrary to typical anxious, worrisome responses, the lyricist encourages being still and trusting in God. “Pre-save” the track to your Spotify library: https://music.outsideinmusic.com/bestillmysoul

  • Fri
    27
    Aug
    2021

    CANCELED - New London Big Band

    8 - 9:30pm

    Town Center Park, Hamden, CT. 06518
    Outside.

    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.

  • 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) 

  • Sat
    11
    Sep
    2021

    The Side Door - Back In the Swing Celebration

    5:30p.m.
    The Side Door Jazz Club

    The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT, 06371 
    website: https://thesidedoorjazz.com/
    phone: (860) 434-2600

    "a world class jazz venue located at The Old Lyme Inn in Connecticut."

     

    IT’S OFFICIAL: The Side Door Jazz Club Will Swing Again! Join us for our grand-reopening celebration as we get back “into the swing of things”

    A quartet of UConn Jazz students, directed by Professor Earl MacDonald will serve as the opening act.

    They will be followed by: the Nat Reeves Quintet (6:30pm) and Joe McCarthy’s New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band (8:00pm). This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT! Grab your tent seats while they last! [This event will take place outside, as a COVID-19 safety measure.]

  • 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’s out today — Sept. 24th!!

    Order yours today!

  • 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.

  • 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

     
    All are invited to the release concert for Earl’s new recording, “Consecrated” –– an album of traditional hymns, brimming with poetic elegance. There is a suggested donation of $10.

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

    The policies for the Music at the Meetinghouse Concert Series reflect a thoughtful, faithful and public safety-oriented approach to the pandemic. For more information, please contact Angela Salcedo at 860-633-4641 or angelasalcedo@glastonburyfirst.org.

    We are asking people to sign-up for attendance using the link below, because of limited seating (120) and for contact tracing.
     
  • Sat
    23
    Oct
    2021

    Jazz Piano Master Class - Connecticut Music Educators Association

    11AM

    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
  • Sun
    05
    Dec
    2021

    UConn Jazz Ensemble

    6 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd., Storrs, CT

    UConn School of Fine Arts LogoPlease join the UConn Jazz Ensemble for an evening concert featuring the music of Frank Zappa on Sunday December 5th at 6:00pm at UConn’s von der Mehden Recital Hall.

    General admission is $10. Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are admitted free.

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, audience seating is limited to 200. Tickets may be pre-purchased at:
    https://vdm.ticketleap.com/uconn-jazz-ensemble-plays-the-music-of-frank-zappa/

    A live stream of this performance can be accessed at:
    https://www.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/2090521/uiconf_id/36463151/entry_id/1_almc4hoz/embed/dynamic

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