Events

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

2024

Upcoming | Archive: 2024 2023 2022
  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2024

    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.
  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2024
    Fri
    16
    Feb
    2024

    Guest Artist - Marshall University Winter Jazz Festival

    Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

    As guest artist/Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor in the Arts for the Marshall University Winter Jazz Festival, Earl will perform with the big band, give a small group concert, and a present two, hour-long clinics for the festival participants (high school/middle school bands/MU students).

    You can read about the festival here: https://www.marshall.edu/music/jazz/events/jazzfest/ It’s the 2nd oldest non-competitive collegiate jazz festival in the country…55 years and counting! 
  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2024
    Fri
    08
    Mar
    2024

    Alberta International Band Festival

    the Polaris Centre For The Performing Arts, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Earl will adjudicate jazz bands at the AIBF Calgary Festival, and provide post-performance educational workshops, offering feedback to the student musicians. The Alberta International Band Festivals is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a performance platform for junior high/middle school, high school, and community bands. Organizers are committed to providing participants with a valuable and stimulating educational experience in a non-competitive atmosphere.
    web site: https://www.aibfestival.ca/

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2024

    2024 Clark Terry UNH Jazz Festival - Adjudicator

    7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    University of New Hampshire, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Music, Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way Durham, NH 03824-2617


    Earl will serve as an adjudicator at the 2024 Clark Terry UNH Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 16th, 2024. Guest artists include saxophonist Camille Thurman, and trumpeter Sean Jones.

  • Wed
    27
    Mar
    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.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2024
    Sat
    06
    Apr
    2024

    Connecticut Music Educators In-Service Conference

    The 77th Annual CMEA In-Service Conference will be held from April 4th to 6th, 2024 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

     

    CMEA logo

    Earl will present two workshops at the CMEA conference:

    Navigating Challenges in Jazz Band Direction: Insights from UConn Jazz Faculty
    Friday, April 5th, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
    Capitol Room 3

    Keys to Nurturing Jazz Piano Brilliance
    Saturday, April 6th, 9:10 – 10:10AM
    Capitol Room 1

    Stop by the UConn Music booth and say hello!

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2024

    College Showcase at Black Eyed Sally's

    7 - 10 PM

    The logo for Black-eyed Sally's, a restaurant and music venue in Hartford, CT

    Black-Eyed Sally's. 350 Asylum St., Hartford, CT, 860-278-7427.

    At the annual College Showcase event, student groups will perform from four neighboring jazz programs – UConn, Hartt, WCSU and URI.  Each group will perform a 1/2 hour set, followed by an open jam session where they come together in musical collaboration.

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    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
    21
    Apr
    2024

    UConn Jazz Combos

    12 noon

    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
    21
    Apr
    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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2024

    UConn Music "Spectrum Concert"

    8:00 - 9:30 PM

    Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs, CT

    University of Connecticut logo

    Thursday, April 25, at 8:00 p.m., at the Jorgenson Center for the Performing Arts, the UConn Music Department will be performing the Spectrum Concert! The Spectrum Concert will be featuring multiple ensembles such as the Percussion Ensemble, UConn Symphony Orchestra, UConn Symhponic Band, UConn Concert Choir, UConn Pep Band, and more! They will be featuring works by composers such as Robert Schumann, Gioachino Rossini, Maurice Ravel, Johann Sebastian Bach, and more! Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased with this link below, https://jorgensen.uconn.edu/Online/default.asp
  • Sat
    18
    May
    2024

    Private Event - solo piano

    12 noon - 3 PM

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

    Private Event at the Old Lyme Inn

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2024

    Sunday Brunch. Trio with Dave Daddario & Ken Kitchings

    10:30AM - 2 PM

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

    Sunday Brunch at the Old Lyme Inn

    Earl MacDonald – piano, Dave Daddario – string bass, and Ken Kitchings – drums 

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2024

    Scott Keo - vocalist

    8PM

    Foxwoods Casino. Great Cedar Showroom.

    Vocalist Scott Keo, accompanied by a 10-piece band including John Mastroianni, Mike Leventhal, Renee McGee, Steve Bulmer, Tom Devino and others.

  • Tue
    18
    Jun
    2024

    Chris Beaudry Trio

    5 - 7 pm

    Stone Row

    Stone Row Kitchen + Bar
    948-956 Main Street, Willimantic, CT, ph: 860-423-4243.

    Chris Beaudry – tenor sax
    Tyler Sherman – string bass
    Earl MacDonald – piano

 

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