Donny McCaslin

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Donald Paul McCaslin, 11 August 1966, Santa Clara, California, USA. Born into a musical household, McCaslin attended his vibraphonist father’s weekly gigs. Taking up the tenor saxophone, he joined his father’s group when he was 12 years old. While in high school, he formed his own band, which was invited to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, an event to which he returned for the next five years. Shortly after his first visit, he was the subject of a television special featuring promising young musicians, exposure that brought him to the attention of vibraphonist Gary Burton. He toured Japan and Europe with all-star youth ensembles, developing a solid background and winning a full scholarship to Berklee College Of Music in 1984. During his time at Berklee, McCaslin attracted a great deal of attention in the Boston area. His influences and teachers at this time included saxophonists Joe Viola, Billy Pierce, and George Garzone; trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, and...

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