Minton’s Playhouse Sept 7

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 

Marshall McDonald saxophones
Peter Zak piano
James Cammack bass
Gerry Gibbs drum

Saxophonist Marshall McDonald, best known for his 20+ years on the Lead Alto chair with The Count Basie Orchestra, has also performed with Lionel Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, Chico O’Farrill, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Austin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frank Foster, Lizz Wright, Ledisi amongst many others.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Tokyo Blue Note, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival to name a few.  

Marshall is a cat who can play and swing, his new band, The Marshall McDonald Jazz Project has performed in Tokyo and New York, is inventive and fun with that real jazz essence that makes you think you are back in the original smoke filled Minton’s of Harlem in the late 50’s.  Melody, dance and swing, with the blues, that’s jazz, don’t miss this chance to hear a 30 year New York jazz veteran, Live at Minton’s!

The Jazz Project features the best of the best of New York City.  On piano, the dynamic and swinging Peter Zak, a New York City mainstay.  Peter has performed with George Coleman, Ryan Kisor, Walt Weiskopf, Peter Bernstein, Jon Hendricks among many others.  Marshall & Peter recorded on a yet unreleased recording session which featured Ralph Peterson. Marshall first heard Peter playing with Ryan Kisor years ago, and knew this was a cat who could play.

The heartbeat of the Jazz Project is the dynamic and personal James Cammack who is known for his 35 years of being the bassist for the great Ahmad Jamal, who incidentally hails from Pittsburgh, PA, as does saxophonist Marshall McDonald.   Stanley Turrentine, who recorded a famous album “Live at Minton’s” also came from Pittsburgh!  Mr. Cammack is a bass virtuoso, both upright and electric, a unique stylist and known for his innovative bass solos. You can find James on Ahmad Jamal’s newest recording, Marseille.  

And let’s give the drummer some.  Gerry Gibbs, is one of the premier drummers of New York City.  Son of vibraphonist, Terry Gibbs, Gerry has played with the Who’s Who of the world jazz scene: Ron Carter, McCoy Tyner, Stanley Clarke, Hubert Laws, Wynton Marsalis, Joey Defrancesco, Vincent Herring, Ralph Moore, Eric Alexander, Joanne Brackeen, to just name a few!   Roy Hargrove says “Gerry Gibbs is a great musician who has a wonderful understanding of tradition.  I always have fun playing with him.”

for immediate release

Zenimac Music 2018

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