Join the Mattatuck Museum for All Jazz First Thursday on February 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. featuring Earl MacDonald & The Creative Opportunity Workshop.

Earl MacDonald lives jazz, as a performer, composer and educator. Currently an Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut, he earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a master of music degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron. Earl is dedicated to music education, participating as a clinician, guest conductor and teacher at summer camps, in addition to his teaching at the University of Connecticut. The UConn Chapter of the American Association of University Professors honored MacDonald with its 2006 Excellence Award for Teaching Innovation and 2003 Teaching Promise awards.

The band’s unique instrumentation (cello, saxophone, piano and percussion) was chosen as a means to escape the predictability found in the more typical jazz instrumentations. With no bass, new challenges are presented to both the performer and composer.

First Thursday, a fun after hours event, is a great way to meet up with friends, network with business associates and enjoy live music. Admission is $7 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Join the museum or renew your membership on First Thursday and get in free! To purchase tickets in advance call (203) 753-0381 ext. 10 or go to the website at for more information and to register online.

Visit or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of sixteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.