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Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music.
His working band comprises two of the premier voices of his generation, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. Recently Aaron released his Sunnyside Records debut album, Worlds, which exhibits the sensitivity and dynamism of this longstanding trio.
In addition to heading his trio, Aaron has spent the last 10 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz--Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Madeleine Peyroux among others.
Aaron was born in Boston and got hooked on jazz in high school by Bob Sinicrope of Milton Academy and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, two master educators. In his own words: “At first improvisation was a mystery and a puzzle, but soon it became a profound inner and outer journey as life and music entwined.” After receiving awards from Berklee College of Music and DownBeat, Aaron left at age 17 for NYC.
At the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 1991 he had his first taste of jazz in the big city, and at school he met many of his current contemporaries and friends, including Omer Avital, Brad Mehldau, Roy Hargrove, Ali Jackson and others.
In 1992 he returned to Boston and enrolled at Harvard College. While at Harvard, Aaron worked with a wide variety of artists from nearby Berklee and beyond, and won the International Association of Jazz Educators’ prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship award as well as first place in National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search in 1993.
Soon he was discovered by vocalist and first lady of jazz Betty Carter and was a founding member of her historic Jazz Ahead program. He continued to perform at clubs around both New York and Boston, often commuting in the wee hours, and it was not long before he met both Rogers and Harland. Aaron graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1996 with a degree in History and Science and a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. On the weekends he held a long-time residence at Wally's Cafe in Boston, and the fall after graduation he moved to Brooklyn.
Aaron wasted no time in the Big Apple. He quickly established himself as a stellar sideman, performing with an array of leaders including Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Mark Turner, Greg Tardy and others.
In 1998 he joined the band of Joshua Redman, with whom he toured for 4 years and recorded two albums (Beyond, 2001 and Passage of Time, 2002). Most recently, in addition to leading his telepathic trio Aaron toured and recorded for two years with guitar guru Kurt Rosenwinkel. In 2005 he toured South America with Madeleine Peyroux, and spent 6 months on the road performing with Wynton Marsalis in his quartet as well as with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Aaron’s long (over 50 albums) and impressive list of recorded credits includes work with a diverse spectrum of artists ranging from Guillermo Klein to Terry Gibbs/Buddy DeFranco, as well as many fellow leaders of the next generation such as saxophonists John Ellis, Jimmy Greene, Eli Degibri and Bob Reynolds. In 2004, Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America's Future, a fundraising concert for John Kerry's presidential campaign that also featured Savion Glover, Brad Mehldau, the late Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride and others.
He is currently the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series at Manhattan's All Souls Church, and a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His first recording as a leader, Turning Point, was released on the J Curve imprint in 1999, followed by Unfolding in 2002. Aaron is also a member of the OAM Trio, which recorded Trilingual (1999) and Flow (2002) for the Fresh Sound/New Talent label, as well as two collaborations with saxophonist Mark Turner: an upcoming studio project and the acclaimed Live in Sevilla (2003) on Lola Records.
On his new album, Worlds, Aaron has adopted the global and made it personal. With an eye always tuned to his sociopolitical environment, he hopes his trio will have an increasing impact not limited to the jazz world. “Jazz, a language like any other, is open to Creole forms – indeed like America it was born to mixed parents,” he says. “Yet this album is no fusion, except perhaps of minds. Rather it attempts to prove that song is cross-cultural currency. All music is social, emerging out of a womb of trust, empathy, and a common goal. Our world is now many…may we learn also to be one.”
"Yes!" Reviewed in Jazziz
Ali Jackson, Aaron Goldberg and Omer Avital's "Yes!" reviewed in the March 2012 issue of Jazziz!
Mark Holston, JAZZIZ - May 2012 Read the full article
"Yes!" Reviewed in Jazz Magazine
Very nice review of Ali Jackson, Aaron Goldberg & Omer Avital's "Yes!" in the April 2012 issue of Jazz Magazine (France).
Christian Larrede, Jazz Magazine - May 2012 Read the full article
Goldberg Feature in Jazz News
A new feature on Aaron Goldberg in Jazz News (France)!
Vincent Bessières, Jazz News - October 2012 Read the full article
Aaron Goldberg website