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Welcome to my new website!  I will be adding practice and study materials, stories from the road, life ideas, photos of the cats I met, and all sorts of rants about everything!  If you wish to study with me, book a clinic, Skype lessons, book my group, please hit the Contact Me button!  Thanks for visiting.

Study the "Learn to Hear" Method with Marshall McDonald! 


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

LEARN TO HEAR METHOD!  You have to learn to hear, music is about hearing, and jazz is about expressing yourself.   We study patterns and scales to make music, not to impress our friends!  You want to play music that touches people.  I love pop, rock, classical and jazz.  Funk, soul, R & B.  A musician should have an open mind and an open heart.  Music is music.  Respect!  I can…

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Benny Golson talks about Clifford Brown, live at Tokyo Blue Note 

This is a transcription of an intimate moment with Benny Golson at The Tokyo Blue Note, while he spoke of some of his memories of jazz and Clifford Brown.  Mr. Golson was ailing with a hand injury, just as he finished a tune written by Clifford, he started talking about his memories of Clifford.

Benny Golson speaking.....“That was Clifford Brown, as a composer.  You know, I’m from Philadelphia, back in the states, and years and years ago we used to have our jam sessions on Saturday.  And we were all…

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Summer gigs!  

Have a lot of nice things coming up this summer from Tokyo, to New York, to Amsterdam!   Hope to see y'all this summer!


Momose Shokudo in Tokyo, Japan! 

満員御礼☆マーシャル・マクドナルド JAZZプロジェクト@百瀬食堂 

June 16, 2019 






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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 a blast and I love it.

In the evening I will be at Ayuthai Restaurant in Guilford CT for some small group jazz with Jeff Fuller and David Childs

2279 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437

6:30 PM start -  9 PM end



Latest Track

This track was recorded with Marshall McDonald (soprano sax) Don Friedman (piano), Dwayne Burno (bass), Charli Persip (drums) at Systems Two Recording Studio, Brooklyn, NY 2009- Only Available for download here.


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