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Reedman/bandleader Stan McDonald (Blue Horizon Jazz Band), who's especially admired for his soaring soprano sax playing in the Sidney Bechet tradition, recalls his many musical adventures with jazz greats and the years when he helped build the superb musical reputation of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Stan is the subject of jazz writer George Borgman’s feature article of the February 2003 issue of the MISSISSIPPI RAG with Stan’s photo on the cover, entitled, “Stan McDonald, Soaring Sax in the Bechet Tradition.”Lots of photos (historic and current) illustrate the interesting chronicle of this highly talented musician who now leads the excellent, in-demand Blue Horizon Jazz Band.

Stan McDonald and the Blue Horizon Jazz Band have been honored by being featured on JAZZ RHYTHM, Dave Radlauer’s syndicated show heard nationally on public radio stations:

Visiting Stan McDonald:

Musical rarities and reminiscences from a half-century in jazz.

Part 1: Featuring McDonald’s early years Part 2: The genius of Sidney Bechet Part 3: Stan joins the Masters JAZZ RHYTHM has received the 2011 Gabriel award for national release radio programming in Entertainment/Arts during 2010. Excerpts representing the series were submitted from the programs, “Benny Goodman’s Kingdom of Swing” and “Visiting Stan McDonald.”

You can listen to the series at The following links will take you directly to the sections about Stan.

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EVENING GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts ”Stan McDonald's Blue better than almost any band you're likely to find in the swinging clubs along Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where the hot and gutsy sounds of traditional jazz and blues originated.”

MIDDLESEX NEWS, Framingham, Massachusetts ”McDonald and the band touched the sky, capping the night with a madcap arrangement of Swanee River that had the place jumping.”

ARTS JUBILEE '86, Conway, New Hampshire ”If you haven't heard the classic jazz of Sidney Bechet or Jelly Roll Morton, by the end of the performance you will know why the blue Horizon lovingly, joyously continues to breathe life into their music.”

JAZZ NOTES, Cape Cod Jazz Society ”The Blue Horizon Jazz Band is notable for its rich and beautiful music that rewards the quiet listener as much as it tends to incite those who prefer to dance...A perfect combination.”

NEW YORK TIMES jazz critic John Wilson, on Stan McDonald, in HIGH FIDELITY ”A superb clarinetist and soprano saxophonist...a gloriously full bodied Bechet stylist.” ”...A gloriously full-bodied Bechet stylist.” John S

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