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Music - 48th Annual Jazz Festival Featuring Donny McCaslin Group - Hilltop Theatre
Start Date: 2/8/2018Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 2/8/2018End Time: 8:00 PM
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48th Annual Jazz Festival Featuring Donny McCaslin Group - Venue -Hilltop Theatre

Three-time GRAMMY® nominee Donny McCaslin is the leading saxophonist, composer, and musical pioneer of his generation, receiving wide commercial and critical acclaim in jazz, rock and electronica circles alike. With 12 albums to his name, McCaslin is best known for his collaboration and friendship with the late David Bowie, who tasked McCaslin to work hand-in-hand on his final album, Blackstar


Raised in Santa Cruz, California, McCaslin attended Berklee College of Music, where he would go on to join the iconic NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton’s Quintet as a senior. Moving to New York in 1991, he quickly made a name for himself as a first-call soloist and touring musician, working with Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Gil Evans project, Steps Ahead, and many others. During this time frame he also began releasing several albums with his own groups as well as receiving critical awards such as a Chamber Music of America New Works Grant in 2006 and winner of DownBeat Critics Poll ‘Rising Star’ category in 2008 & 2009, among others. 


However the definitive path to Bowie and Beyond Now can be traced back to 2011, when McCaslin released Perpetual Motion, taking an electric direction for the first time at the suggestion of longtime producer David Binney in contrast to his previous acoustic projects. He and Binney soon after assembled the core members of his working band, known as the Donny McCaslin Group: Jason Lindner (Now Vs Now) on keyboards, Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Saturday Night Live) on electric bass, and drummer Mark Guiliana (Meshell Ndegeocello, Brad Mehldau), all of whom were featured on Blackstar. Two subsequent albums Casting for Gravity and Fast Future  continued this new musical direction, directly influenced by electronica artists (covering groups such as Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and Baths), which netted McCaslin a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Improvised Jazz Solo.” It was clear that McCaslin was cementing a new improvisatory style of music with his passion for electronica, EDM, funk, dub, and jazz. 


Named “one of the hottest jazz tickets in the world” by AARP in 2017, recent awards include winning Best International Jazz Artist at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards in London, where he shared the stage with the Rolling Stones. He was later honored with the prestigious Paul Ackett Award from the 2017 North Sea Jazz Festival. The Donny McCaslin Group has performed over 80 shows on 5 continents throughout the 2016-2017 season alone supporting Beyond Now. The next evolution of the Donny McCaslin will be documented on a new recording for Motéma Music in 2018. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Richard Tirk
Phone: 580.774.3772
Donny McCaslin

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