The latest release from The Chris McDonald Jazz Orchestra will be on your holiday playlist for years to come. Special guest appearance by Matt Belsante.
“Merry Christmas to all . . . it’s a swinging delight!”- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz.com
Midnight Highway - ten exciting new instrumental compositions for your next musical journey. Featuring a killer nine piece band augmented with guest soloists and the Nashville String Machine. Put on your headphones and come along for the ride!
In The Mood For Christmas - As heard on Sirius XM’s “Holiday Traditions”. Released in 2007, Double CD with 22 songs.
McDonald makes no concessions, and aside from their familiar melodies, these venerable songs have been thoroughly renovated and revitalized in his capable hands. And speaking of capable, McDonald has assembled a top–notch 18–piece orchestra to play them. Although there are no “names” in the various sections, neither can there be any doubt that everyone in the band is a seasoned professional. McDonald’s charts aren’t entry–level by any means, but no one seems even to be breathing hard while carving them into tantalizing morsels. Solists are convincing, section work razor–sharp — but it is McDonald’s superior arrangements that earn one’s warmest applause. This is big–band Jazz at its most colorful and exciting.- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz.com
Contemporary jazz arrangements of hymns and spirituals from The Chris McDonald Jazz Orchestra, featuring many of Nashville’s finest jazz musicians, with guest vocalists Melinda Doolittle,Gary Janney, and Scat Springs.Released in 2014
…”this is exemplary big-band jazz flawlessly performed by a world-class ensemble. As its title denotes, there are No Pews Required to hear and appreciate how Chris McDonald uses hymns and other canonical themes to advance the cause of big-band jazz. Simply listen and enjoy.”
- Jack Bowers, www.allaboutjazz.com
Spice up your holiday with the sizzling sounds of Chris McDonald and Friends. Burning arrangements, a 17 piece band and blistering solos…. guaranteed to warm you up!
Featured performers include Lalo Davila, Jeff Coffin, Chris Rodriguez, Barry Green, George Tidwell, Susana Allen, and Glen Caruba.