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Geordie McDonald


GEORDIE McDONALD (drummer, percussionist, composer) was born in 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but grew up in Montreal, where he had the chance to sit in with legendary trumpeter Herbie Spanier when he was just 12 years old. He had the opportunity to record with Spanier and pianist Paul Bley for Justin Time, after recording with Bley previously for Italy’s Black Saint label.

Known as an accomplished composer of new music, McDonald has released five recordings on his Sonavista label, recording acoustic jazz with pianist Paul Bley and flutist Jane Bunnett, and three alectro-acoustic releases of his own original music.

Geordie McDonald led his Geordie McDonald Quartet featuring clarinetist Phil Nimmons (Bobby Fenton on piano, Don Thompson on bass) in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre on January 11, 1993.