Curtis Macdonald

Curtis Macdonald is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and producer whose works blend composition, sound design and improvisation. Curtis works as a producer and engineer for WQXR’s Q2 Music, and is a member the great American composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill’s Ensemble Double-Up.

Curtis was recently co-awarded the first Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for his collaboration with Aszure Barton & Artists on the dance Awáa, and has received commissions from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance, The Bavarian State Ballet, The Museum of Modern Art, Kate Weare Company, and Larry Keigwin for The Juilliard School. He has released two albums as a bandleader, authored a book on saxophone technique and teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design, and The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC. 

Curtis Macdonald appears in the following:

Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Leonard Bernstein marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, and his campaign for racial justice involved empowering black conductors and soloists. Host Terrance McKnight tells this story.

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'Oh Little Town of Bethlehem'

Sunday, December 07, 2014

For the seventh day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a free-jazz Christmas cover of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," by producer Curtis Macdonald.


'Christmas Phase'

Friday, December 05, 2014

For the fifth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat called Christmas Phase, inspired by one of the grandfathers of minimalism, Steve Reich.

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