Jack ‘Mac’ McDougal is a vibrant and energetic musician, bandleader, composer, and multi-instrumental music teacher. He regularly plays with Jazz ensembles and live bands of various music genres across the UK. As a professional saxophonist, Jack has been influenced by such great Jazz players such as Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. In addition to this, he is heavily inspired by the music and culture of New Orleans. This ranges from legendary artists such as Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet and Jelly Roll Morton to more recent influential musicians DrJohn, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, and Wynton Marsalis. By appearing in local music venues and New Orleans street bands, he is forever finding ways to bring live music to life in the UK music scene.
Jack also plays live as ‘Jack Mac’s Funk Pack’, drawing influence from New Orleans and traditional Funk artists, Jack Mac’s Funk Pack is making a strong presence in South Wales and South West music scenes. Featuring a line up of talented musicians, the music is an eclectic mixture of melodic tunes, grooving rhythms and soulful harmonies, which demonstrates the full capacity of the band’s abilities. The Funk Pack is continuously looking to innovate and expand its repertoire and sound using both new and old sources of inspiration.
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The debut album, ‘Swagger Mac’, demonstrates the breadth of Jack’s personal influences and taste in music. It contains collaborative work with other artists, including the wonderful Sarah Meek and Afro Clusters’ very own Skunkadelic. In addition, this album demonstrates the talents of all the band members, including the vocals of Thom Voyce and a keyboard feature from Guy Shotton. This is the first of more planned albums from the band, get your Funk on.