MARSHALL MCDONALD JAZZ PROJECT

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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…

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Yamano Jazz Masterclass

January 25, 2017 Masterclass

I’m looking forward to my 2nd Jazz Masterclass at Yamano Music in Ginza, Tokyo on January 25th:  What is Jazz?  What is Big Band Music?  I’m going to be working with the Tokyo University Big Band…

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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…