Aaron Goldberg, Pianist
(Photo by Richard Conde)
Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His new album Home (April 2010, Sunnyside) builds upon his last, Worlds, both exhibiting the sensitivity and dynamism of his longstanding trio, featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland. In addition to heading his trio, Aaron has spent the last 12 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz—Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Madeleine Peyroux and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, among others.
Aaron was born in Boston and got hooked on jazz in high school by studying with Bob Sinicrope and Jerry Bergonzi, two master educators. He spent a year at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1996 with a degree in History and Science and a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. On weekends he held a long-time residence at Wally's Cafe in Boston, and the fall after graduation he moved to Brooklyn.
He began performing with a cross-generational array of legends and peers—including Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Mark Turner, Greg Tardy—in addition to working with his own trio. In 1998 he joined the quartet of Joshua Redman, with whom he toured for 4 years and recorded two albums. Along with Aaron’s 4 albums as a leader and 4 more as a co-leader of the OAM Trio, Aaron has recorded over 60 cds with a diverse spectrum of artists.
In 2004 and 2008, Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America's Future and Jazz for Obama, historic fundraising concerts for Sen. John Kerry and President Barack Obama respectively. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and cds, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in NYC. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.