Earl MacDonald’s seemingly inexhaustible commitment to the jazz art form is apparent in his performing, composing and teaching. The former musical director and pianist for Maynard Ferguson serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut and teaches annually at UMass Amherst’s Jazz in July program.

The Winnipeg native earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a Master’s degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron.

A recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award for outstanding big band arranging, MacDonald has released five albums as a bandleader; two of which earned JUNO nominations for jazz album of the year. For his chamber jazz explorations on “Mirror of the Mind”, MacDonald was described as “a magical, musical alchemist of hip hybrids” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant). Similarly, his large ensemble project, “Re:Visions” was touted as having “gone beyond where most big bands go, establishing Earl MacDonald as a major force in the world of jazz composition” (Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com).

Visit MacDonald’s web site, www.earlmacdonald.com, where you can take a free online lesson, read articles and reviews, hear his music, peruse his blog, and learn more about Earl MacDonald’s performances, teaching, and latest projects.

In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with world-renowned composer, arranger, bassist, and educator John Clayton to talk music, life, and everything in-between.

Argue made his mark with his critically acclaimed 2009 debut Infernal Machines. 2013 saw the release of Brooklyn Babylon, which, like Infernal Machines before it, earned the group nominations for both GRAMMY and JUNO Awards. His most recent recording, Real Enemies, released in the fall of 2016, earned a third consecutive GRAMMY nomination and has been praised as “wildly discursive, twitchily allusive, a work of furious ambition… deeply in tune with our present moment” by The New York Times’ Nate Chinen.

Darcy's website: http://www.secretsocietymusic.org/#&panel1-1

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with world-renowned composer, arranger, bassist, and educator John Clayton to talk music, life, and everything in-between.

John Clayton's career highlights include arranging the 'Star Spangled Banner" for Whitney Houston's performance at Super Bowl 1990 (the recording went platinum), playing bass on Paul McCartney's CD “Kisses On The Bottom,” arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends on "Songs of Joy and Peace," and arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD "Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra," and numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

John's website: http://www.johnclaytonjazz.com/

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Aaron and Drew come up with 6 ideas for musical projects you could work towards during this unique staying-at-home time we find ourselves in during 2020.

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with world-renowned composer, saxophonist, and educator Christine Jensen to get her expertise on music, composing, and life. Christine Jensen has been featured worldwide in North America, India, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, and Haiti. Christine was a featured panelist at the ISJAC symposium and it was a thrill to hear her perspective.

Christine's website: http://christinejensenmusic.com

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with the founder of ISJAC, legendary composer and educator Chuck Owen, to talk about the ISJAC organization, writing music, and other compelling topics.

Chuck's website: https://www.chuckowen.com

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Aaron and Drew sat down for a lengthy discussion with legendary composer, arranger, saxophonist, and educator Andy Farber, who has been a leading writer in the NYC and international jazz scene for many years. His many collaborations include Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Michael Feinstein, Catherine Russell, Frankie Laine, Alan Harris, Cynthia Scott, Billy Stritch, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and more. He has also composed music for a number of film and media projects, including Star Trek Continues.

Find out more about Andy at his website: www.andyfarber.com

Aaron and Drew sat down for a lengthy discussion with legendary composer, arranger, saxophonist, and educator Andy Farber, who has been a leading writer in the NYC and international jazz scene for many years. His many collaborations include Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Michael Feinstein, Catherine Russell, Frankie Laine, Alan Harris, Cynthia Scott, Billy Stritch, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and more. He has also composed music for a number of film and media projects, including Star Trek Continues.

Find out more about Andy at his website: www.andyfarber.com

Aaron and Drew catch up about the sheer craziness of the musician lifestyle. They share the struggles and positives of having a music career.

Aaron and Drew are back from a long hiatus and they discuss various ideas and options for making a living as arrangers.

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