KIRK MACDONALD has established a reputation as one of Canada's leading saxophonists.
Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, including 2 JUNOs gar- nered from 6 JUNO nominations, a SOCAN Outstanding Jazz Artist of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musician’s Association. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman alongside such U.S. and international greats as Tom Harrell, Harold Mabern, John Taylor, Pat LaB- arbera, Kenny Wheeler, Sam Noto, Dennis Mackrel, and Adam Nussbaum.
Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on over 25 CDs. Kirk's recordings as leader focus on his own compositions and include Family Suite, an 11-part suite, Songbook Vol. I, and Vol. II, all for quartet. Kirk leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19-piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers. The KMJO re- leased three recording Deep Shadows, Family Suite for Large Ensemble and Common Ground. Other recent recordings are Symmetry, Vista Obscura, and Silent Voices, a co-led session with saxophonist Pat LaBarbera.