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  • Thu
    17
    Feb
    2022

    Radio Interview: WGXC 90.7 FM - Situation Fluxus

    10 a.m. EST

    Situation Fluxus on WGXC 90.7 FM in upstate New York, is a weekly one-hour program focused on Jazz and improvised music, news, radio, conversations and more.  The program is hosted by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson. "Cheryl K," as she is known to her listeners, has also hosted The Jazz Disturbance on WGXC since 2011.

    Listen online at: wavefarm.org/listen, via the TuneIn and Wave Farm radio app on your smartphone, or click on the 'Listen Now' button on the WGXC homepage (wavefarm.org/wgxc) to stream the live broadcast.

    Earl’s interview will be broadcast on Thursday, February 17 at 10 a.m. EST and rebroadcast the next day at 4 a.m. EST. In addition to answering questions about his new album, “Consecrated,” the conversation meanders to grapple with teaching approaches and philosophies.

    During the roundtable segment of the same show, three senior students from the UCONN Music program engage in a lively discussion about music education, life as a aspiring musicians/teachers, and important life-lessons learned.

  • Sun
    20
    Feb
    2022
  • Sun
    27
    Feb
    2022

    Steven Bulmer Trio

    5:45 - 6:45

    West Hartford Town Hall
    50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2022

    UConn Jazz Combos

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    University of Connecticut logo

  • Sun
    03
    Apr
    2022
  • Mon
    04
    Apr
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

  • Wed
    06
    Apr
    2022

    West Hartford READS! Gish Jen

    5:45 PM

    West Hartford Town Hall
    50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

    West Hartford Reads! is a town-wide initiative encouraging everyone to read the works of one notable author, culminating each year with the author visiting West Hartford, Connecticut. https://www.gishjen.com/

    The Steven Bulmer Trio will play from 5:45 – 6:45 pm, before the author speaks.

    Please note: This event is first come, first seated. There is no reserved seating and registering for the event does not guarantee entry. To express your interest in the event and to receive updates and reminders, please register at: https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/west-hartford-reads-gish-jen. Free parking for the event will be available in the Town Hall surface lot. Specifics for validation will be updated on our website. This event is made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest, West Hartford Public Library Foundation.

  • Mon
    11
    Apr
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Mon
    18
    Apr
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Mon
    25
    Apr
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2022
  • Mon
    02
    May
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2022

    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.

  • Mon
    09
    May
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Mon
    16
    May
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Mon
    23
    May
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Mon
    30
    May
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra - CANCELED (Memorial Day)

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

  • Mon
    06
    Jun
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra - "Doug Maher Farewell Concert"

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Guitarist Doug Maher and The Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Mon
    13
    Jun
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2022

    Patrick Tobin Ensemble

    6P - 10PM

    Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts

    Earl will accompany the Frank Sinatra tribute artist and singer, Patrick Tobin.

  • Mon
    20
    Jun
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2022

    New London Big Band

    7 - 11PM

    Private Event
    Wallingford, 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.

  • Mon
    27
    Jun
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2022

    Steven Bulmer & Earl MacDonald (duo)

    10 - 11 AM

    Litchfield Community Center
    421 Bantam Rd, Litchfield, CT
    https://thecommunitycenter.org

    “Sunrise Music series”

  • Mon
    04
    Jul
    2022

    Independence Day - No HJO @ Elicit Brewing.

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Event canceled.

  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2022

    New London Big Band

    6:30 - 8:30PM

    Branford Jazz on the Green is a free community concert series presented every Thursday night from June 29 to August 25, 2022. All shows begin at 6:30 pm. 1019 Main St Branford, CT 06405. http://branfordjazz.com/

    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.

  • Mon
    11
    Jul
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra 

    Earl will be away for this one, but the amazing young pianist, Andrew Wilcox will be filling-in for him.

  • Mon
    11
    Jul
    2022
    Fri
    15
    Jul
    2022

    Jazz In July Summer Music Program

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Fine Arts Center

    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 11-22, 2022. Earl will teach during the first week: July 11-15

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2022

    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
    22
    Jul
    2022

    Jazz in July All-Stars Concert

    6 - 9PM

    Amherst Town Common,
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    Jazz In July
    On Friday July 22,  an evening concert will be presented on the Amherst Town Common starting at 6pm. This will feature a student ensemble opener and then an array of Jazz in July faculty performers.

  • Mon
    25
    Jul
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    The HJO & guest vocalist Dianne Mower present the music of Chic Cicchetti & Bobbi Rogers.

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2022

    Earl MacDonald Trio

    6:30 - 7:30PM

    Pomfret Public Library. 449 Pomfret St., Pomfret CT 06258
    ph: 860-928-3475

    Pomfret Public Library Logo
    Earl MacDonald – piano
    Lou Bocciarelli – string bass
    Tom Devino – drums

     

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2022

    New London Big Band

    6:30 - 9:00PM
    New London Plaza (outside, near the whale tale). 
    "Eat in the Street" - they close the street and have lots of food trucks and vendors. Fireworks start at 9PM.
     

    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.

  • Mon
    08
    Aug
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra (outside!)

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

    Earl will be away for this one, but the impressive, young pianist, Andrew Wilcox will be filling-in for him.

  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Mon
    22
    Aug
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Mon
    29
    Aug
    2022

    Summer Break - No HJO @ Elicit Brewing.

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Event canceled.

  • Mon
    05
    Sep
    2022

    Labor Day - No HJO @ Elicit Brewing.

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Event canceled.

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2022

    Fumi Tomita Trio

    6:30 - 9 PM

    Christ Church Cathedral
    45 Church Street, Hartford, CT

    Earl performs within the ensemble of Fumi Tomita, professor of jazz bass at UMASS Amherst.

    John Mastroianni – alto saxophone
    Earl MacDonald – piano
    Fumi Tomita – string bass

  • Mon
    12
    Sep
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Mon
    19
    Sep
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2022

    Dave Santoro Trio

    2 - 4 PM

    Gilson Cafe & Cinema, 354 Main St., Winsted, CT

    Peter McEachern – trombone
    Dave Santoro – string bass
    Earl MacDonald – piano

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    with guest vocalist, Dana Lauren!This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2022

    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
    30
    Sep
    2022

    Solo piano performance - Fall Visit Day

    12 noon - 3 p.m.

    UConn Music Department, Storrs, CT

    Earl will be the featured faculty performer at this open house event for the UConn Music Department.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Sat
    08
    Oct
    2022

    CMEA Zoom master classes for high school students

    11AM - 12 noon

    jazz piano coaching and tips for high school students auditioning for CMEA regional ensembles.Connecticut Music Educator's Association

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2022

    Earl MacDonald Trio - Private Event

    Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117, USA

    Earl MacDonald – Piano 
    Lou Bocciarelli – String Bass
    Tom Devino – Drum Set

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Mon
    17
    Oct
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2022

    Sean Nelson Quintet - Private Evant

    4:30 - 6 PM

    Groton, CT

    Sean Nelson – trombone, Cedric Mayfield – tenor saxophone, Lou Bocciarell – string bass, Nathan Lassell – drums, Earl MacDonald – piano

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2022

    UConn Jazz Combos

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital Hall

  • Mon
    24
    Oct
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    with guest vocalist, Atla DeChamplain!This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2022
    Sun
    30
    Oct
    2022

    Brenan Brothers recording session

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    The Brenan Brothers - tenor saxophonist, Jim Brenan and trombonist, Craig BrenanEarl will record as a sideman with his longtime friends, Jim and Craig Brenan. In addition to playing piano, Earl is contributing a couple of ensemble arrangements for the album.

  • Mon
    31
    Oct
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra - CANCELED

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    Because many of our key band members are fathers with young children, we are canceling our performance on Hallowe’en, to facilitate trick-or-treating. Happy Hallowe’en and see you next week!This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2022

    the UConn Jazz 10tet

    3:00 - 4:30 PM

    von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT

    von der Mehren Recital HallThe UConn Jazz 10tet, directed by Professor Earl MacDonald, will play the music of Dr. John Mills, the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Mills’ exciting, contemporary compositions are reminiscent of Weather Report, the Brecker Brothers, and popular Brazilian music.

    The 10tet’s unique instrumentation of 3 saxophones, 3 brass, piano, electric guitar, bass and drums provides a wide palette of musical colors. The relatively small size puts the onus on each individual player to accurately play their intricate parts, resulting in an impressive, blending, cohesive whole.

     

  • Mon
    07
    Nov
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    with guest vocalist/arranger: Pete McGuinnessThis is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2022

    42nd GMA Covenant Awards

    Consecrated, an album of jazz hymn arrangements by pianist Earl MacDonald.GMA Canada will present the 42nd Covenant Awards online — Saturday, November 19th, 2022. Earl’s album “Consecrated” has been submitted for award consideration.

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

  • Mon
    28
    Nov
    2022

    Hartford Jazz Orchestra

    7:30 - 9:30PM

    Elicit Brewing Co.
    165 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06042
    ph: 860-791-8440

    This is an image of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra's new logo, designed by Lukas Frei.

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