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Count Basie Orchestra’s McDonald to Perform with Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble
Marshall McDonald, the lead alto saxophone player of the Count Basie Orchestra, will join SU’s Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble for a concert on Thursday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. The concert is free and open to the public.
The ensemble will perform jazz standards under the direction of Joseph Riposo, faculty member in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
McDonald will also conduct a jazz clinic in Setnor Auditorium on April 18 from 5-6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
McDonald is an accomplished musician and a seasoned performer. He began his tenure with the Count Basie Orchestra under saxophonist Danny Turner in 1994 and now holds down the lead alto chair famously held by the great Marshal Royal. McDonald has performed concerts and jazz festivals worldwide with the orchestra, directed by Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell and Bill Hughes.
McDonald’s unique ability to play all of the saxophones, clarinet and flute has led to recordings and world tours with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera and the United Nation Orchestra, Frank Foster and the Loud Minority Big Band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Orchestra, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Charli Persip and Supersound.
Free parking is available in the Irving Garage; parking for patrons with disabilities is available in the Q1 lot. Patrons should mention that they are attending the concert.
For more information or Setnor concert status updates, contact 315-443-2191.