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Jazz Masters Series the Marshall McDonald Jazz Project at Westchester Collaborative Theater
WCT - Westchester Collaborative Theater
Ossining, NY
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Jazz Masters Series the Marshall McDonald Jazz Project at Westchester Collaborative Theater
On Saturday, July 6, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) continues its Jazz Masters music series with the Marshall McDonald Jazz Project,  McDonald, a veteran of the New York jazz scene, and his band will be appearing for two sets at 7:30 and 9 pm. Joining Marshall will be James Weidman on piano, Nori Naraoka on bass And George Coleman Jr. on drums.

If you like The Count Basie Orchestra, you can hear that same joy and dance in the music of Marshall McDonald, having played lead alto in the swingin big band for almost 20 years, playing venues such as Carnegie Hall with Nancy Wilson, The Tokyo Blue Note with Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Nice Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Playing Lead alto in the Basie Band was the thrill of a lifetime, and he keeps the thrill going in his small group bands.

Whether you heard him playing Lead alto during his 18 year tenure with The Count Basie Orchestra, or playing tenor saxophone with Paquito DRivera or baritone saxophone with Abdullah Ibrahim or clarinet solos with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Marshall keeps the swing and dance that he learned in his hometown of Pittsburgh, at the heartbeat of his playing.  A seasoned reedman, having played over 30 years in the New York City area, he is known for his ability to play all of the saxophones and woodwinds, with a unique approach to each one.

Marshall was offered the baritone saxophone chair with the great Lionel Hampton on New Years Eve 1990 which included special guest Nina Simone. Lionel learned that Marshall played clarinet, alto and tenor, and soon had him playing clarinet solos on Flying Home, Brand New Baby and Memories of You, and rotated him between alto in the big band, to tenor sax in the small group.  This led to a 10 year stint with Mr. Hampton, learning from the master, and playing jazz festivals and concerts all over the world.  Marshall was honored to play in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra along with Wynton Marsalis, Illinois Jacquet, and Cyrus Chestnut at the Royal Jazz funeral for the maestro.

Marshall also toured and recorded with Paquito DRivera and the United Nation Orchestra starting on alto and soprano and moving to tenor and baritone for 6 years. Marshall plays baritone sax on the Paquito DRivera album Tropicana Nights which won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Recording in the year 2000.  Frank Foster, Leader of the Count Basie Orchestra heard Marshall a few times in New York City bands, and Mr. Foster called upon him to fill Kenny Hings solo tenor sax chair as a sub in 1994, which began an over 20 year relationship with the famous Orchestra. Mr Foster also gave Marshall a stint on the Lead alto chair in his own Big Band, The Loud Minority.   During this time he also played 2nd alto with The Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Lead alto with The Charli Persip Supersound Band, tenor saxophone with The Bobby Caldwell Band, and 2nd alto, clarinet and flute with The Chico OFarrill Orchestra. Playing with Chico OFarrill led to a close up in the Pierce Brosnan movie, The Thomas Crown Affair during the famous ballroom dance scene, and participation in the historic jazz movie, Calle 54.


WCT - Westchester Collaborative Theater (View)
23 Water Street
Ossining, NY 10562
United States


Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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