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STUDIO/HOME LESSONS or SKYPE LESSONS and MASTER CLASSES with Marshall McDonald

Learn from a pro from New York City with over 30 years of jazz playing on the road with Lionel Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, Illinois Jacquet, Charli Persip, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Count Basie Orchestra.

1 Hour Lesson $100.00 / ¥11,000 
1/2 Hour Lesson $50.00 / ¥65,000 
3 Hour Lesson Pack $285.00 / ¥32,000
5 Hour Lesson Pack $450.00 / ¥48,000 Yen

For Jazz Master Class please email for rates and availability.

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Study Jazz, jazz saxophone, classical clarinet, jazz clarinet, flute doubling,  jazz theory and harmony, Improvisation,  small group playing, Big Band playing, section playing, lead playing and learn how to swing.

Study jazz chords, scales, harmony, jazz progression theory, how to play over ii-V-I changes, bebop, post-bop, modern and funk.  Learn the Count Basie style, solo methods for all saxophones, and lead alto concepts.  Study saxophone and clarinet sound production, 10 years of classical clarinet training, I studied sound production with Professor Nestor Koval of Pittsburgh and Joe Allard techniques with protege David Tofani.

To improvise and play jazz, a player needs a firm foundation of scales, chords, harmony and theory.  I teach a 12 key practice method, with emphasis on playing over chord changes, progressions, tunes, harmonic linear approach, guide tones, leading tones, line connections, transcription study and piano study.  Big bands were originally complete with master improvisors, and much of big band dance music was made of “riffs” or jazz playing.  My years with one of the last masters of riff style Big Band playing, Mr. Lionel Hampton, gives me insight on both the virtuosity of jazz players and the spontaneity of jazz players.

I’ve studied jazz harmony with Dr. Nathan Davis, Mark Kirk (Phil Woods), George Coleman,  Dave Tofani (Joe Allard), Lee Konitz, Frank Foster, Bob Mintzer and Joe Lovano.   My conversations with both Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer and my years of actually being “out on the road”, living the life is invaluable.

-In my over 20 year association with the original and legendary Count Basie Orchestra I have been honored to play and learn from original Basie players. Kenny Hing, Danny Turner, Cleave Eaton, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, John Williams, Mel Wanzo, Bob Ojeda, Grover Mitchell, Melton Mustafa, Dennis Mackrel, Greg Fields, Byron Stripling, Clarence Banks, Harold Jones, “Butch” Charles J. Miles, and 54 year member Bill Hughes. Amongst many others. Get it from the source!-

“Marshall McDonald is an EXCELLENT musician.  Great lead alto player and great tenor player. He is a First Class musician.  I always enjoy talking to him and listening to him play, saxophone players in the U.S., Japan and around the world should consider studying with Marshall!”  –Vincent Herring

“Marshall has that pure clarinet sound!  He has that sound of the symphony players!”  —Lionel Hampton

“Marshall has always done a GREAT job in my band!” —Charli Persip

“Marshall McDonald is the REAL DEAL.”   —Tim Price

“Marshall is the only guy I know who has played 4 of the 5 sax chairs in the Basie band, and all of the sax chairs in the Ellington band”  —Basie veteran John Williams

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