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Take Five With Aidan Carroll

Take Five With Aidan Carroll
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Meet Aidan Carroll:
Originally from Oklahoma, now living in New York and on the road, Aidan Carroll is an acoustic/electric bassist, composer, and educator. He attended the University of Central Oklahoma on full jazz scholarship, attended the Banff Workshop following college, and subsequently moved to New York for a Masters Degree at City College of New York where he studied with mentor John Patitucci
John Patitucci
John Patitucci
b.1959
bass
. He's shared the stage with the likes of John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
b.1944
guitar
, Adam Cruz
Adam Cruz
Adam Cruz
b.1970
drums
, Ben Monder
Ben Monder
Ben Monder
b.1962
guitar
, Logan Richardson, Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
b.1982
trumpet
, Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
b.1948
keyboard
, Warren Haynes
Warren Haynes
Warren Haynes

guitar
, and more. Aidan has toured abroad with the Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer
b.1982
piano
Trio, Logan Richardson's SHIFT, and others. Aidan Carroll is currently touring with soul/rock band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and leading his own band in New York, the Aidan Carroll Group. Aidan is dedicated to a life in music, and to sharing his passion with everyone he meets along the way.

Instrument(s):
Acoustic/electric bass

Teachers and/or influences?
Teachers: John Patitucci, Lee Rucker(Oklahoma), Johannes Weidenmuller, James Genus
James Genus
James Genus
b.1966
bass
, Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
b.1955
piano
, Edward Simon
Edward Simon
Edward Simon
b.1969
piano
.

Influences: Ron Carter
Ron Carter
Ron Carter
b.1937
bass
, Ray Brown
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
, Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
1922 - 1960
bass
, Jimmy Garrison
Jimmy Garrison
Jimmy Garrison
1934 - 1976
bass, acoustic
, Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
, Ben Street
Ben Street
Ben Street

bass
, John Patitucci, Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
b.1951
bass
, Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius
1951 - 1987
bass, electric
, James Jamerson
James Jamerson
James Jamerson
1938 - 1983
bass, electric
, Willie Weeks, Verdine White, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
, Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
, Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
, Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
and Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
1927 - 2004
drums
, Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Tony Williams
1945 - 1997
drums
, among many others.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I had a very vivid revelation as a young boy in which I knew I would be playing music for the rest of my life. It wasn't so much that it was a choice but more of a vision of what was to come.

Your sound and approach to music:
My approach to music comes from simply the deep love and joy of playing. I am a bassist, who used to be a drummer, but who loves to play piano, so when I play music I tend to incorporate those elements. When composing I try to extract all the melodies and harmony I hear from within and onto the page as purely as possible.

Your teaching approach:
My teaching approach is based on my passion for music, and the understanding of the potential it carries to deepen and improve people's lives. I also teach to not only carry on the legacy of the great music mentors I've been fortunate to have in life, but as well to attempt to correct all the bad teaching we encounter as music students. My teaching incorporates a basis of technique, theory, tradition, along with learning various levels of integrated improvisation and spontaneous grooves depending on the student's musical direction.

Your dream band:
I already have my dream band(s): Logan Richardson, Sullivan Fortner
Sullivan Fortner
Sullivan Fortner
b.1986
piano
and Jochen Rueckert / John Ellis
John Ellis
John Ellis
b.1974
saxophone
, David Bryant
David Bryant
David Bryant

piano
, Justin Brown.

Artists I'd like to work with: Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
b.1942
drums
, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke
b.1973
guitar
, John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
.

The first Jazz album I bought was:
Return to Forever, Romantic Warrior.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
I think the most important thing I have to contribute musically is "diversity with foundation." I come from many backgrounds musically, but the essential element of my sound is: groove meets melodic improvisation. This is the basis of all my music and the way I play, and I think that's what makes it accessible for anyone who might listen.

Did you know...
I used to be a ballet dancer. I performed several years in the Nutcracker as a young boy but eventually dropped out of dance, seeing as it just wasn't the cool thing to do... and went into music all the way.

CDs you are listening to now:
Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather (Maverick); John Scofield, A Moment's Peace (EmArcy); Georgia Anne Muldrow, Owed to Mama Rickie (Animated Cartunes); Miles Davis, Live in Salle Pleyel, Paris 1969; The Roots, Undun (Def Jam).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
I honestly believe jazz is growing and changing in the most positive of ways. I see my peers and older generations constantly pushing boundaries yet completely capable of making timeless musical statements. Proud.

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