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Earl MacDonald

Earl MacDonald is a composer, arranger, pianist and educator specializing in jazz.

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Earl MacDonald is a composer, arranger, pianist and educator specializing in jazz. Originally from Canada, the former musical director for Maynard Ferguson is now the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut. MacDonald earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a master of music degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron. He is an active clinician, guest conductor and teacher at summer camps. MacDonald’s last two CDs received JUNO nominations for jazz album of the year. For his chamber jazz explorations on “Mirror of the Mind”, MacDonald was described as “a magical, musical alchemist of hip hybrids” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant). Similarly, his large ensemble project, “Re:Visions” was described as having “gone beyond where most big bands go, establishing Earl MacDonald as a major force in the world of jazz composition” (Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com). From this album, Earl’s composition, “Bad Dream” was selected as the winner in the jazz song category of the Tenth Annual Independent Music Awards. Visit MacDonald’s web site, www.earlmacdonald.com, where you can read reviews, hear and purchase music, take a free online lesson, peruse his blog, and learn more about MacDonald’s performances, teaching, and latest projects.