Jazz at Studio Z
Aaron Hedenstrom CD Release
Dec. 27, 2014
5:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. concert
Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
Saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom has been composing, arranging, and performing music professionally for over a decade. Aaron has performed across the United States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and composer.
At age 26, Aaron has received many awards for his compositions and arrangements, including the Herb Alpert ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the Detroit Jazz Festival Composition Contest, the Downbeat Awards, and the Jazz Education Network Student Composer Showcase. Aaron has written numerous big band works, string arrangements, small group pieces, and chamber works. Some of his collaborations have included the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, renowned singer Marlene Verplanck, and Starbucks artist of the week S. Carey. Aaron has done MIDI production work for Happy Days actor Don Most for an upcoming performance series. In addition, Aaron has recorded and performed with his own big band, the Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra.
As a saxophone performing artist, Aaron received the 2013 Downbeat Award for "Best Graduate Jazz Soloist." He has been featured as a guest artist by universities such as Wichita State University and Eastern Washington University. Aaron has performed at top-tier jazz venues nationwide including the Dakota Jazz Club, Snug Harbor, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Scat Jazz Lounge, and others. Aaron performed with the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band for two years and travelled the country with the band.
Aaron has recently recorded his first album as a saxophonist, "A Moment of Clarity." The album features Aaron's elaborate but heartfelt compositions and includes some of the most talented young musicians in the country.