MARSHALL MCDONALD JAZZ PROJECT

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July 7 Connecticut

On July 7, I'll be playing for a private event at the Whitney Center in Branford CT, a retirement community.  I always like playing there so many of those folks actually saw Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey!  It's…

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July 6 at Westchester Collaborative Theatre

Marshall McDonald Jazz Project 
July 6, 2019 
two sets at 7:30 and 9 pm
Westchester Collaborative Theater 
http://www.wctheater.org 

Marshall McDonald saxophone 
James Weidman piano 
Noriatsu Naraoka bass 
George Coleman drums 

**Mr. Weidman has to suddenly travel out of town for…

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July 5 at Smalls Live NYC

Marshall McDonald Jazz Project
July 5, 2019

Come celebrate July 4 with some New York Jazz!
@ Smalls Live, New York City, NY
Marshall McDonald saxophone
James Weidman piano
Noriatsu Naraoka bass
Alvester Garnett drums

**Mr. Weidman has to suddenly…

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Stanley & Tommy Turrentine

I’ve never seen this video before, thanks to Randy Brecker for posting this on Facebook, I’m from Pittburgh, and I heard about Tommy after I started getting into jazz, but never met him. The stories about all the Pittsburgh cats…

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Minton’s Playhouse Sept 7

MARSHALL MCDONALD JAZZ PROJECT
Live at MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE OF HARLEM
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…

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Remembering Bill Watrous

We lost Bill Watrous this month. A beautiful cat and genius player. Met him 20 years ago while with Lionel at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. We had a conversation about a health issue I had. He gave me some…

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Sample Jazz Lesson

How to Learn Jazz, a Sample lesson with Marshall McDonald of Count Basie

This is Marshall McDonald, lead alto of The Count Basie Orchestra for 16 years, I’ve also played both tenor chairs and the second alto chair.  Today I’m…

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D’Addario Tenor Mouthpiece

I received one of the new D’Addario Select Jazz tenor mouthpieces from Kevin Garren at D’Addario in New York, #6, a 100 tip opening.  I usually play 95 tip openings.  When I first opened it, I thought to myself, the…

Yamano Jazz Masterclass

Masterclass and Jazz Clinics at Yamano Music, Tokyo Japan

I did two wonderful clinics at Yamano Music in Tokyo Japan sponsored by Yamano Music, Yamaha Woodwinds, and Daddario Woodwinds.  We had two different Big Bands on each session, discussing What…

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Tokyo Jazz – January 2017

Two special Jazz Gigs in Tokyo!  January 13 at B Flat Club, A Charlie Parker Celebration, tribute to the great Bird!  Alto Madness!   Hot House, Shaw Nuff, Ornithology and more. And on January 21 at Into the Blue in Machida…

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Study with Marshall McDonald

SKYPE LESSONS, STUDIO LESSONS, AT HOME LESSONS  

All saxophones, clarinet and flute.  ALL LEVELS, email me with any questions!

LEARN TO HEAR!  Learn to play, learn to hear, and have fun!!  I get results, it's a method learned from years…

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Is Music a Viable Career Choice?

Rant of the Day:

Is being a musician actually a viable career choice?

Jazz artists, even famous ones like recording artists Wes Montgomery and Kenny Dorham, at various times in their lives have struggled to make a decent income.   Kenny…