Musical pioneer Donny McCaslin is sharing his talent in the classroom and on the stage at Bucks County Community College this spring.
McCaslin, a three-time Grammy nominee, is known as a leading saxophonist, composer, and musical pioneer of his generation, receiving wide commercial and critical acclaim in jazz, rock and electronica circles alike.
With 12 albums to his name, McCaslin is best known for his collaboration and friendship with the late David Bowie, who tasked McCaslin to work hand-in-hand on his final album, “Blackstar.” Last year, McCaslin had the honor of accepting the 2017 Grammy on behalf of Bowie for Best Rock Performance, one of five Grammys the album garnered that year.
“It was like a dream except it was something I never could have dreamed of,” McCaslin said of working with the rock legend. “David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days.”
The result was “Beyond Now,” McCaslin’s latest album dedicated to Bowie. Since its release on Motéma Music in 2016, “Beyond Now” has garnered praise from “Rolling Stone,” “Entertainment Weekly,” NPR, “The New York Times,” the Associated Press, and more., “The New York Times,” the Associated Press, and more.
Raised in Santa Cruz, California, McCaslin attended Berklee College of Music, where he would go on to join the iconic NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton’s Quintet as a senior. Moving to New York in 1991, he quickly made a name for himself as a first-call soloist and touring musician, working with Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Gil Evans project, Steps Ahead, and many others.
McCaslin will offer a master class at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center on the college’s Newtown campus. The master class is free and open to the public.
The concert will follow at the Zlock Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students. In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are available at $25, which includes reserved seating and a pre-concert reception starting at 6 p.m. with light hors-d’oeuvres and two glasses of wine or beer. VIP ticketholders must be age 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucks.edu/tickets or at the box office.
The Zlock Performing Arts Center is located in the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., where there is ample free parking. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired.
The Donny McCaslin concert is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee.