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Aaron Irwin


Saxophonist, multi-woodwind instrumentalist, and composer Aaron Irwin is from central IL. Recognized as a “lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer” (Steve Futterman, The New Yorker), Irwin is a sought-after commodity in both the jazz and commercial worlds. His latest recording (After) will be released on Adhyâropa Records in May of 2024 featuring longtime bandmates Mike Baggetta on guitar and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. He has eight other recordings as a leader with instrumentations spanning from trio to sextet. In addition to his own groups, Irwin has performed with many leading jazz voices in the New York music community including the Grammy-nominated, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Jamie Baum’s Septet +, Bob Sabin’s Tentet, The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, the mixed wind group Weathervest, as well as pop artists Kristen Chenoweth, Rufus Wainwright, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, and The Roots. Irwin maintaines a busy schedule as a freelance musician, performing in jazz clubs, concert halls, and Broadway theatres, working with many of New York’s finest musicians and bands.



Label: Adhyâropa Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Recuerdo (after Edna St. Vincent Millay); Frederick Douglass (after Robert Hayden); Five Bells (after Kenneth Slessor); The Hill (after Joshua Mehigan); Pikes Peak (after Sarah Holland - Batt); When I Heard At The Close Of The Day (after Walt Whitman); The Cemetery (after Steve Scafidi); Daniel Boone (after Stephen Vincent Benét); The President Visits The Storm (after Shane McCrae).


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Recuerdo (after Edna St. Vincent Millay)

Label: Adhyâropa Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 04:03



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Tweed Boulevard; Infinite Mobility; Inner Space; From the Heart; Synergy; Trance Dance; Whirling Dervish; Radioactive.


Article: Album Review

Bobby Kapp: Synergy

Read "Synergy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The subtitle of Synergy is “Bobby Kapp plays the music of Richard Sussman," which is true to some extent. To be more precise, drummer Kapp is at the heart of a septet, conducted by Scott Reeves, that features composer Sussman at the piano. So, while “Bobby Kapp plays" is technically correct, it does not represent the ...


Music For Sextet

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Teller and The Tale; Hayflick Limit; Slow Country; Love Song; In Stillness; Some Luck; In the In-Betweens; Boarding House.



Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prélude, Op. 28 no. 20; "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot; Excerpts from ; La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes, Book 1; String Quartet No. 1, III. Allegro vivace; Symphony No. 6, II. congrazia; "Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not" from Cantata, BWV 21.


Article: Album Review

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: Urban(e)

Read "Urban(e)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a rocky history surrounding jazz-classical hybrids. But, in truth, that has little to do with any potential incompatibility. Instead, it's usually misguided maneuvering and/or an excessive show of dominant traits from one side or the other that mars said unions. When done right a wedding of those worlds can truly birth brilliance. Just listen to ...


Article: Album Review

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: Urban(e)

Read "Urban(e)" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Most Western music, irrespective of its origin and premise, inhabits the same harmonic, chordal and rhythmic universe. So it should not be surprising that classical music, in the hands of a skilled arranger, can be readily recast in a jazz idiom, even one that is housed within a big-band framework. On Urban(e), trombonist Mike Fahie's New ...



Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Wobegon; Birthday Song; Say Hello; Strange Pastoral; Norman; Sunday and All (after William Carlos Williams); High Hat; The Forgiveness of Donald Rusk Currey; And Love's The Burning Boy (After Elizabeth Bishop); Brown Dog.


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