In September of 2005 Aaron played his first international gig at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. But his piano career certainly didn't start there!
Inspired as a child by seeing pianist Van Cliburn on television, Aaron decided early on that he wanted to play piano. By age 11, he was accompanying vocalists at his church in Chicago and there learned to improvise to accommodate different vocal styles. While a teenager, he took every opportunity to perform and by the time he was college age, he was able to pay his own way by playing piano professionally.
Several years after completing college, Aaron left Chicago for Austin, Texas, the city that bills itself as "Live Music Capital of the World." There he quickly found part-time work as pianist for a Baptist church while working full time as a banker.
True to its reputation, Austin was a town that loved music, and Aaron found opportunities everywhere! He worked as a rehearsal pianist for the city's thriving arts community. He played weddings, receptions, piano bars, restaurants, and church events. And he got noticed. Aaron has performed for some of Texas' most influential leaders, including Governor Ann Richards and Congressman J.J. "Jake" Pickle. He even landed a gig at President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas--"an incredible experience," Aaron reports.
In March 2001, Aaron began his recording career. His first CD, "A Collection," was originally conceived as a Christmas gift for family and friends, but grew into a memorable compilation of standards. In 2003, Aaron released his second CD, "Seasons of Love." Both projects are much more than solo piano efforts as Aaron enlisted some of Austin's most talented musicians and vocalists to create well-rounded and impressive albums. On both CD's, Aaron meticulously arranged each song to enhance its story and to reflect his artistic interpretation.
Aaron continues to play at private clubs, formal occasions, and other special events. In Austin, he has played at the Four Seasons, the Headliner's Club, Laguna Gloria Museum, Green Pastures Restaurant, and various private functions at St. Edward's University. At the request of First Lady Laura Bush, he was honored to play at the White House for a Literacy Foundation reception. In recent months, Aaron has performed in Kansas City, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Chicago. Aaron is also sought after as a studio musician and has worked on other artists' projects.
Aaron's ever-increasing repertoire includes a large selection of both English and Latin standards. Songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer are among his most recent additions.
Aaron is currently researching and developing material for his third CD, his first CD of Latin Music. More information to follow soon, so stay tuned.