A graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Aaron is an up-and-coming jazz artist and audio engineer. Over his many years studying music and engineering, Aaron has accumulated many professional skills such as trumpet performance, composition, arranging, teaching, recording, mixing, mastering, audio editing, and audio plugin design. At the Frost School of Music Aaron studied with Grammy Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch and performed with the university’s top ensemble, the renowned Concert Jazz Band. Aaron was also fortunate to work with many other incredible trumpeters during his time at the Frost School such as Jean Caze, John Daversa, Ingrid Jenson, Brad Goode, Michael Rodriguez, and Marquis Hill. Aaron has shared the stage with many great artists such as David Liebman, Frank Greene, Dave Holland, Nick Smart, and Steve Miller, among many others.
Some of Aaron’s notable accolades include the 2018 Laurie Frink Career Grant and the 2019 Student Downbeat Award for Best Engineered Studio Recording. He was also a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition Jazz Division for three consecutive years starting in 2017. His professional audio engineering releases include the multi-award winning album Arethusa Falls (2019), by saxophonist Adam Claussen, and the soundtrack to the award winning movie July Rising (2019), scored by Seth Crail and directed by Chauncey Crail.
Aaron’s musical style is best described as ECM-esque. Having long admired the European record label’s aesthetic, it is now the main influence and focus of Aaron’s trumpet playing. In addition to the inspiration of ECM artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner, and Tomasz Stanko, Aaron also draws influence from many styles of Brazilian music - specifically a traditional style of Brazilian music called choro. In 2018 Aaron was named one of the two recipients of the Laurie Frink Career Grant. This grant has enabled him to travel to Brazil for two months to learn choro from the great choro artists of Rio de Janeiro such as Silverio Pontés and Aquiles de Moraes.
Aaron began delving into audio engineering during his first year at the University of Miami when he started recording demos for his friend’s ensembles in the practice rooms of the Frost School of Music. Four years later, Aaron has now recorded, mixed, and mastered an award winning jazz album as well as an award winning film. His audio engineering is not limited to audio production and post-production. Aaron also has experience with audio editing, live sound recording and reinforcement, and even audio plugin design. For more information on Aaron’s audio engineering endeavors, please visit his Audio Engineering page.