“Irwin is a lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer, as well as a canny bandleader." - Steve Futterman, The New Yorker
His compositional style skillfully blends sophisticated harmonies and counterpoint with an engaging melodicism that sticks with the listener…” - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
"Through their subtle application of leftfield approaches, they reveal the strain of Weird America running through the project." - Stewart Smith, Wire
"Irwin and the guys achieve the perfect balance, making eery, Twilit music that lingers long in the mind. An understated little gem." - Gary Booth, Jazz Journal
“Here’s something. No grand-standing; no God-bothering; no dour abstractions or bland parsing of the harmonic code; instead an album of the purest and most delightful melody. Irwin looks like he just won the science prize at high school, but he plays like a bruised angel…I earnestly suggest you track this one down. If it doesn’t delight and move you, you might find that you actually died in the night.” - Jim Weir, Jazz Review Magazine
Aaron Irwin - alto saxophone
Mike Baggetta - guitar
Jeff Hirshfield - drums
Saxophonist, multi-woodwind player, and composer Aaron Irwin is from Decatur, IL. Known as a “lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer” (Steve Futterman, New Yorker), Irwin is a sought after commodity in both the jazz and commercial worlds. His latest recording (out in winter of 2018) on Fresh Sound New Talent is entitled “Wobegon” and explores the line between composition and improvisation and group interplay within unusual song structures. In addition to acting as leader with his own groups, Irwin has performed with many leading jazz voices in the New York jazz community including the Grammy-nominated group Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Bob Sabin’s Tentet, and pop performers Kristen Chenoweth, Rufus Wainwright, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, and The Roots. When not performing his original music or with other groups, he can be heard performing nightly for the Tony Award-winning show Ave. Q.
Mr. Irwin holds a Bachelors degree in music from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a Masters degree in music from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He a dedicated educator with over 15 years of teaching experience and serves as an adjunct saxophone professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland as well maintaining a full studio of students in New York City.