Marshall McDonald Jazz Project
July 6, 2019
two sets at 7:30 and 9 pm
Westchester Collaborative Theater
Marshall McDonald saxophone
James Weidman piano
Noriatsu Naraoka bass
George Coleman drums
**Mr. Weidman has to suddenly travel out of town for family, and playing piano on July 6 will be David Childs.**
Westchester County based, (Ossining resident!) saxophonist Marshall McDonald, best known for his 20+ years on the Lead Alto chair with The Count Basie Orchestra, brings his swingin’ New York City band to the Westchester Collaborative Theatre in Ossining of July 6. Marshall 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 played at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Tokyo Blue Note, Nice Jazz Festival Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival to name a few. Marshall is a cat who can play and swing, band, The Marshall McDonald Jazz Project has performed worldwide.
Marshall just returned from the 2019 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for his role as Lead Alto on the latest Count Basie recording, and can be heard on a soon to be released Live at The Apollo: Ella 100 on Concord Records, we think this one is also going to the Grammys! In the last year alone, Marshall has played with Maceo Parker and The Ray Charles Orchestra, The Blue Note New York with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jazz Alley Seattle, Portland Jazz Festival, EFG Jazz Festival London, Yoshi’s, Cheltenham Jazz Festival with Abdullah Ibrahim, and Minton’s Playhouse NYC, Small’s NYC and Maureen’s Jazz club with his own quartet.
The Jazz Project features the best of the best of New York City. On piano, the dynamic and swinging James Weidman, a New York City mainstay. James is indisputable an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Cassandra Wilson, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Abbey Lincoln, Joe Lovano, James Moody, and Kevin Mahoghany to name a few.
The pulse of the group comes from Noriatsu Naraoka, hailing from Sapporo Japan, has been on the New York City scene for 20 years, with a big fat sound, he’s widely in demand. Nori has performed and recorded with many top industry musicians including: Grammy music award winners such as Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton, James Carter, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison.
And let’s give the drummer some. George Coleman Jr, son of saxophone legend “Big” George Coleman (Miles Davis), and organist Gloria Coleman, George Jr, has music in his blood. Marshall spent 4 years studying with George Coleman Sr, so the connection with George Jr is direct and felt on the bandstand. George was seven when Jazz innovator and master drummer Max Roach gave him his first set of drums and studied drums with the master, Billy Higgins, who called him “one of the most talented and creative young drummers on the NY Jazz scene.”
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