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Aaron Lington

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Grammy Award-winning baritone saxophonist and composer Aaron Joseph Lington (b. 1974) received his BM in music education from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, and both his MM in jazz studies and DMA in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas where he studied with James Riggs. His performing and compositional credits include collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony, Maynard Ferguson, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Bo Diddley, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Jamie Davis, Tommy Igoe, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and many others. In addition, he has won awards for both his playing and writing from Downbeat Magazine, ASCAP, and was the 2003 recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award. He was named the 2011 “Jazz Educator of the Year” by the California Music Educators Association, and has been recognized multiple times in both the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll and Reader’s Poll. In 2015 he was named as a Silicon Valley Artist Laureate. The San José Mercury News praises Dr. Lington’s playing as “revelatory…he obviously relishes the beautiful, blustery bark of his instrument…” and that he possesses a “…finely honed melodic sensibility…” Josh Davies from the International Trumpet Guild states that Lington “...[shows] a true command of his instrument with a very studied and soulful essence.” Cadence magazine declares “Lington and compatriots come up with a wonderful and totally American jazz sound, [resulting in] a solid mainstream set based on some sweet melodic improvisation.”

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Shaw's Groove

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Organ Grinder; Zoltan; The Moontrane; Katerina Ballerina; Blues for Woody; Obsequious; Jean Marie; Shaw's Groove.

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Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: By Iron and Fire; Traveler from an Antique Land; Arbitrary Rules; Angles; Dark Halo; Surrounded.

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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Read "Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In jazz terms, trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective is a long-running series, as this marks the sixth recording produced during their sixteen-year partnership. As Chapters One to Five were splendid, it might have been advisable to close the book there. However, Tynan and Lington have chosen to forge ahead, and so ...

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Arbitrary Rules

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:18

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Jason Keiser: Shaw's Groove

Read "Shaw's Groove" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Shaw" in guitarist Jason Keiser's album Shaw's Groove is the late great Woody Shaw, one of the more innovative and influential jazz trumpeters of the twentieth century. Even though he lived only forty-four years (he died in May 1989), Shaw was an important role model whose sweeping influence remains strong to this day, both as ...

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Organ Grinder

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 04:41

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Missa Iubileum Aureum: Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Kyrie; Gloria; Alleluia; Credo; Offertory - The Passionate Shepherd to His Love; Sanctus; Memorial Acclamation; Great Amen; Agnus Dei; Communion; Thanks Be to God.

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The III Side

Label: Pacific Mambo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mr. B's Mambo; Mi Carnaval; Mambo Rachmaninoff; Le Temps D'Un Horizon; Through The Fire; A Night In Tunisia; Omi Ye Ye; Birks Works; Fanfare For The Common Man.


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