Marshall McDonald - Bio

Marshall McDonald
Alto Sax


Whether you heard him playing Lead alto during his 18-year tenure with The Count Basie Orchestra, or playing tenor saxophone with Paquito D’Rivera 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. In addition, Marshall was honored to play in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra for 10 years along with Wynton Marsalis, Illinois Jacquet, and Cyrus Chestnut at the Royal Jazz funeral for the maestro, capped off by a tearful speech of Mr. Hampton’s lifelong friend, President George H. Bush.