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Earl MacDonald

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: July 26, 1970    

Earl MacDonald

Earl MacDonald lives jazz, as a performer, composer and educator. His latest CD, “Re:Visions – Works for Jazz Orchestra” received a 2011 Canadian Juno Award nomination for “best traditional jazz album of the year” and has been praised consistently by jazz critics. In a review for AllAboutJazz.com, Dan Bilawsky stated, “Re:Visions goes beyond where most big bands go, and establishes Earl MacDonald as a major force in the world of jazz composition”. 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....
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Awards

  • Finalist, 2008 ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest, the Netherlands
  • UConn Research Foundation Large Grant: The Composition & Recording of Original Works for Jazz Orchestra, 2008
  • Finalist, 2007 Charlie Parker / BMI Jazz Composition Award
  • AAUP Excellence Award for Teaching Innovation, 2006
  • “Best Jazz Group,” Hartford Advocate’s Reader’s Poll (the Earl MacDonald 6), 2004
  • New Scholar Award, School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut, 2004
  • Artist Fellowship, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, 2003
  • AAUP Excellence Award for Teaching Promise, 2003
  • Sammy Nestico Award, sponsored by the Airmen of Note (for outstanding big band jazz arrangement), 2003


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    Mirror of the Mind

    Death Defying Records
    2013
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    Re:Visions

    Death Defying Records
    2010
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    Re: Visions

    Death Defying Records
    2010
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    Echoes In The Night

    Sea Breeze Jazz
    2005

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“The debut CD of the Earl MacDonald 6, Echoes In The Night, is a classy recording with excellent ensemble playing, interesting arrangements, and well-crafted solos. The ensemble's conceptual approach to its music provides a strong unifying feature throughout the CD and makes for an interesting, as well as, enjoyable listening experience.”

Frank Bongiorno
Saxophone Journal

Sept...

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Primary Instrument:Composer/conductor

Location:Mansfield Center, CT

Willing to teach:Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:

Earl MacDonald teaches at the University of Connecticut. Although he is not currently accepting private students outside of UConn, he has posted several free, online jazz piano and improvisation lessons on his website: http://earlmacdonald.com/jazz-education.html

Clinic/Workshop Information:

http://earlmacdonald.com/projects.html
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