"One of jazz's most delectable trios...a superlative group. The ensemble has forged a singular sound with an expansive textural palette and a tenaciously intuitive approach to shaping material on the bandstand. Gorgeous, one of the era's definitive piano trios. Goldberg possesses exceptional technique and taste."
- The Boston Globe
Aaron Goldberg Trio featuring Matt Penman and Eric Harland
Featuring: Aaron Goldberg, piano
Matt Penman, bass
Eric Harland, drums
Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His two most recent albums on the Sunnyside Records label are co-led projects: the first is Bienestan (2011), with Argentinian composer Guillermo Klein, featuring original music for duo, trio, quartet, quintet and sextet, and the second is YES!, (2012) a trio co-led by Omer Avital and Ali Jackson Jr. His prior two albums on Sunnyside as a leader are Home (2010) and Worlds (2006), both exhibiting the sensitivity and dynamism of his longstanding working trio along with several very special guests.
In addition to performing and recording with his trio and various co-led projects, Aaron has spent the last 10 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz--Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Kurt Rosenwinkel, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Madeleine Peyroux among others.
Aaron was born in Boston and got hooked on jazz in high school by Bob Sinicrope of Milton Academy and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, two master educators. After receiving awards from Berklee College of Music and DOWNBEAT Magazine, Aaron left at age 17 for NYC. In 1992 he returned to Boston and enrolled at Harvard College. While at Harvard, Aaron worked with a wide variety of artists from nearby Berklee and beyond, and won the International Association of Jazz Educatorsí prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship award as well as first place in National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search. He continued to perform at clubs around both New York and Boston, often commuting back and forth in the post-midnight hours. Aaron graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1996 with a degree in History and Science and a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. On the weekends he held a long-time residence at Wally's Cafe in Boston, and the fall after graduation he moved to Brooklyn.
Aaron wasted no time in the Big Apple. He quickly established himself as a stellar sideman, performing with a vast array of leaders including Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Mark Turner, Greg Tardy and others. In 1998 he joined the band of Joshua Redman, with whom he toured for 4 years and recorded two albums (Beyond, 2001 and Passage of Time, 2002).
His first recording as a leader, Turning Point, was released on the J Curve label in 1999, followed by Unfolding in 2002.
Despite a demanding touring schedule, Aaron maintains an active interest in both education and the role of music in society as a whole. Aaron is also a renowned clinician at jazz workshops, universities and conservatories worldwide, as well as a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In 2010 Aaron received a Masters in Philosophy from Tufts University.