Dennis Mackrel

Posted May 20, 2019

Woodstock, NY

Dennis Mackrel is a noted jazz drummer and highly respected composer/arranger and conductor whose work has been recorded and performed by the Count Basie Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, the WDR Radio Big Band from Germany, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw from Holland, the Klüvers Big Band from Denmark, and the McCoy Tyner Big Band, whose Grammy winning CDs included Mackrel’s arrangements. He has won numerous awards including Who’s Who in Music, a National Endowment for the Arts grant for composition, and Outstanding Alumni from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mackrel is also an experienced jazz educator who conducts master classes, seminars and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States and is currently an assistant chair and professor of jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in Flushing, NY. Dennis has been on the Birch Creek faculty for 12 years.  Website: