Available Bands and Vocalists
Over the past eighteen years Paul McDonald has worked as a composer and pianist in Southern California leading his accomplished big band, two jazz bands, and as a studio musician and accompanist. His bands showcase the virtuosity and versatility of some the finest musicians in LA through Paul’s heralded arrangements and compositions.
Types of Music Played:
- Big Band
The versatile Paul McDonald 17-piece big band performs regularly around Southern California and Las Vegas to mostly sold-out audiences, often accompanying soloists singing a range of music.
The Paul McDonald jazz sextet and quartet have similar strong followings locally. Additionally, the quartet released its first album “West View” in the spring of 2010. Albums are available for purchase here online
Paul works with a number of well-reputed, local vocalists in styles ranging from jazz to RB to big band. Contact Paul for more information about the type of band and vocalist combination you’re looking to book.
To submit a booking requests for the 17-piece big band, jazz sextet and jazz quartet contact Paul HERE
Quotes About the Bands
“A band of all stars!”
“…the multi-talented bandleader & pianist Paul McDonald led his troops through a rousing, 7-minute intro with his own up-tempo arrangements!”
“…you start to remember that all theses musicians are solo stars in their own right!”
“The Paul McDonald Big Band is such a celebration of jazz music, soloing stars, and genuine surprises that this orchestra merits bookings at the likes of the Playboy Jazz Festival, the KJAZZ Radio Summer Benefit Concert, and other major jazz venues.”
In a show saluting the works of great jazz arrangers, this orchestra was so swinging and exact in handling the array of challenging charts that it makes this writer question the accuracy of the sometimes-used phrase “sidemen.” With the Paul McDonald Big Band, “all-stars” would be a more appropriate description.
Every one of these band members delivered extraordinary performances in both ensemble work and soloing, and the result was the groovy, multi-layered jazz tapestry of sound and tempos that marks the excellence of a BIG band’s brass, woodwind, and percussion sections.
— Norton Wright IROM
But the musical pleasures of the McDonald Band reached way beyond nostalgia, from note one to the final coda. Whether they were generating roaring, full ensemble shouts, articulate exchanges of riffs between sections, or featuring hard swinging, inventive individual soloing.
Seated up close it was easy for me to focus on their accuracy, musicianship, ensemble togetherness and collective sense of swing. The Band’s performance was further enhanced by McDonald’s arrangements, which captivated the best of the ensemble’s qualities.
— Don Heckman IROM