Born in Brooklyn N.Y., Earl received his first musical training from his father (a very gifted amateur musician) who saw to it that the entire family became proficient at playing brass instruments. While attending the High School of Music & Art, he studied trombone with John Clark, Jack Jeffers, Alan Raph and Benny Powell. It was during this period that he also developed relationships with composer William S. Fischer and tuba player Howard Johnson. At Mannes College of Music, he studied Bass trombone with Simone Karasick and tuba with Thompson Hanks. Later he studied arranging with Slide Hampton and Bob Brookmeyer. He also studied privately with the famous brass teacher Carmine Caruso.
Since then he has played with Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Lester Bowie, The Band, Stevie Wonder, McCoy Tyner, Carla Bley, Lou Rawls, Jeffrey Osborne, Aretha Franklin, Cedar Walton, Levon Helm, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra, the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orchestra (with whom he was associated for over 20 years) Slide Hampton, George Gruntz, the Mingus Big Band, Cecil Taylor, the Carnegie Hall Jazz band, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Chico O’Farrill,The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Fred Ho, Renée Manning and others.
He served as guest conductor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, wrote large ensemble compositions for (and directed) the Musicians of Brooklyn Initiative Big Band, (an organization founded by Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake and others.) Mr. McIntyre was also musical director for Town Hall’s “Ragtime to Broadway” featuring music from 1900-1909. His arranging and orchestrating credits include Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, the “Saturday Night Live ” band, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Johnny Copeland, Cedar Walton, Renée Manning, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Elvis Costello, Steve Turré, Bob Stewart, Jon Faddis, J.J. Johnson, the Art Ensemble of Chicago as well as Cannonball and Nat Adderley. Earl has received the National Endowments of the Arts grants for jazz study, jazz composition and instruction. He is a recipient of grants from New York State Council of the Arts; Meet the Composer, and others. He has been nominated for the ” Most Valuable Player of The Year ” award from the NARAS as well as sitting on various arts and grants panels. He appears on at least three Grammy award-winning records as well. He has numerous film & Broadway credits and been involved in a number of Tony winning productions. Earl has been on faculty at Long Island University, The New School for Social Research, SUNY at Purchase and the Wachovia “Jazz For Teens” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center .