Aaron

A Room Forever

Wire Magazine (Stewart Smith)

  • Irwin and his fellow players constantly surprise and delight. Through their subtle application of leftfield approaches, they reveal the strain of Weird America running through the project.

International Clarinet Association (Joseph Howell) 

  • Throughout his discography, his entire conception as a bandleader and improviser is very thoughtful and musical. His improvised solos rarely if ever rely on the familiar saxophonist habits of machine-gunned, patterned lines, staying faithful to the overall composition and mood of the material he is interpreting. His clarinet sound is beautiful and though one would not doubt his awareness of the legacies of such recent jazz clarinet personalities as Eddie Daniels and Don Byron, his approach is all his own. Perhaps being primarily a saxophonist and composer of more recent New York jazz trends has aided his having a different approach, with an outsider’s perspective. In any case, he has put in the time to develop a great ‘classical’ tone and facility on the clarinet and is no slouch on the instrument itself. Clarinet and jazz circles alike, today, often say they want to hear something new, something different. If that is truly the case, I strongly recommend listening to Aaron Irwin’s A Room Forever. It is not only different; it is beautiful.

Sensible Reason (Andie Castillo)

  • Irwin’s highly stylized music creates sonic landscapes that can best be described as a mixture of American folk music, avant-garde jazz and pastoral elements of classical music. Each of the following pieces takes the listener on a different journey sometimes soaring, as Matt McDonald’s elegant trombone playing does in The Way It Has to Be, and sometimes sweetly reflecting, as does Irwin’s homey clarinet playing on Trilobites. The chamber music-like instrumentation quickly draws the listener into each fragile and nuanced musical world, full of space and detail as in The First Day of Winter, which features the remarkable bass work by Thomson Kneeland. Guitarist Pete McCann has much to say on the dark and jarring Time and Again.  The album ends with the wonderful piece, The Mark, which leaves the listener seemingly suspended in air wanting more and grateful for the pleasure of the journey.

Bird Is The Worm (Dave Sumner)

  • This striking album by clarinetist Irwin captures the ear with its captivating melodies, but the alluring ambiance developed from the melodic introduction is what cinches this as top-shelf music.  Irwin bottled up moonlight on this one.

The Big City Blog

  • The sound is an appealing Americana of the mind—this isn’t folk or roots music, but all the tracks sound like something that might be made on the porch or in the parlor. A quiet record that leaves a lingering impression.

All About Jazz (Bud Kopman)

  • The balance between the composed and improvised is finely wrought, making the line between them virtually invisible, with the only giveaway being larger structure which is uses the familiar recapitulation…The cumulative effect of A Room Forever is a quiet intensity, almost an eavesdropping of a private conversation. Emotionally complex while being aurally transparent, the music ends up feeling like an long-gone acquaintance who has been missed, but whose newly-found presence is immediately comfortable. Strange, but wonderful.

 

2017 Performances

  • January 13 – Aaron Irwin Trio – The Drawing Room – Brooklyn, NY – 8pm
  • January 14-15 – Aaron Irwin Trio recording – Sear Sound – New York, NY
  • March 3rd – Bryan and the Haggards – Bait and Tackle – Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm
  • March 13th – Michael Cerveris – WPIX 11 – Morning News – Manhattan, NY – 8:50am
  • March 16th – Michael Cerveris – Sheen Center – Manhattan, NY – 7:30pm
  • April 11th – Weather Vest – Pete’s Candy Store – Brooklyn, NY – 10:30pm
  • April 14th – Mozart Requiem – First Church – Stamford, CT – 8pm
  • April 28th – Weather Vest – Postcrypt – Manhattan, NY – 10:30pm
  • May 21st – Chamber Music by Russian composers – Grand Central Atelier – LIC, NY – 1pm
  • June 23rd – Weather Vest – Pete’s Candy Store – Brooklyn, NY – 10pm
  • June 29th – Aaron Irwin Trio (w/ Mike Baggetta and Jeff Hirshfield) – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY – TBA
  • July 5th – Weather Vest – The Falcon – Marlboro, NY – 8pm
  • July 24th – Glenn Crytzer Jazz Orchestra – Kola House – Manhattan, NY – 7-10pm
  • July 31st – Glenn Crytzer Jazz Orchestra – Kola House – Manhattan, NY – 7-10pm
  • August 7th – The Tonight Show w/ The Roots! – Rockefeller Center, NY – 11:30pm
  • August 7th – Glenn Crytzer Jazz Orchestra – Kola House – Manhattan, NY – 7-10pm
  • August 10th – Aaron Irwin Trio – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8pm
  • August 14th – Glenn Crytzer Jazz Orchestra – Kola House – Manhattan, NY – 7-10pm
  • October 5th – Aaron Irwin Quintet – Owl Music Parlor – Brooklyn, NY – 8pm
  • October 6th – Weathervest – Postrcrypt – Columbia University – 9:30pm
  • December 5th – Aaron Irwin Sextet – The Drawing Room – Brooklyn, NY

2016 Performances

  • January 7 – Weather Vest – Silvana – Harlem, New York, NY – 6-8p
  • January 9 – Aaron Irwin Quartet – St. John’s Lutheran – Greenwich Village, New York, NY – 7-8pm
  • January 9 – Weather Vest – St. John’s Lutheran Church – Greenwich Village, New York, NY – 8:30-9:30pm
  • February 18 – Aaron Irwin Trio – Silvana – Harlem, New York, NY – 6-8pm
  • March 9 – Weather Vest – American Trombone Workshop – Washington D.C
  • March 11 – Aaron Irwin Trio – Freddy’s Bar and Backroom – Brooklyn, NY – 9pm
  • March 15 – Bob Sabin’s Dectet – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 7pm
  • March 15 – John Yao Big Band – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 8:15pm
  • April 15 – Aaron Irwin Quartet – I-Beam – Brooklyn, NY – 8pm
  • April 15 – Weather Vest – I-Beam – Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm
  • April 16 – Weather Vest – I-Beam – Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm
  • April 28 – Aaron Irwin Trio – I-Beam – Brooklyn, NY – 8:30pm
  • June 21 – Aaron Irwin Quartet – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY –  8:15pm
  • July 27 – Aaron Irwin Trio – Freddy’s Bar and Backroom – Brooklyn, NY – 9pm
  • September 7 – Aaron Irwin Trio – Threes Brewing – Brooklyn, NY
  • October 19 – Aaron Irwin Trio – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 7pm
  • November 4 – Bryan and the Haggards – Bait and Tackle – Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm

A Room Forever

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Aaron Irwin – clarinet
Matthew McDonald – trombone
Pete McCann – guitar
Thomson Kneeland – bass

Recorded at Oktaven Audio May 16 & 17th, 2015
Mixed and mastered by Ryan Steber
Album cover by Bryan Murray

2015 Performances

  • Jan. 5th – Sebastian Noelle Trio – Lexington Hotel – Manhattan, NY – 6-8pm
  • March 19th – Aaron Irwin/Mike Baggetta/Jeff Hirshfield – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm
  • April 5th – Weathervest (plays Easter) – St. Johns – Greenwich Village, NY – 10am
  • April 29th – Aaron Irwin clarinet band – WhyNotJazz Room – Greenwich Village, NY – 7-8:45pm
  • May 5th – Bob Sabin – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm
  • May 16th/17th – Recording clarinet band!! – Oktaven Studio
  • May 19th – Asuka Kakitani Big Band – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY
  • July 10th – Idina Menzel – Borgata Hotel and Casino – Atlantic City
  • July 11th – Idina Menzel – Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
  • July 12th – Idina Menzel – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • July 14th – Idina Menzel – Sands Bethlehem Events Center – Bethlehem, PA
  • July 16th – Idina Menzel – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA
  • July 17th – Idina Menzel – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • July 19th – August 2nd – New York Summer Music Festival – Oneonta, NY
  • July 22nd – Mark Nadler – Recording for PBS
  • Aug. 18th – Bob Sabin’s 10-tet – Greenwich Music House – NY, NY
  • Aug. 27th – Aaron Irwin/Mike Baggetta/Jeff Hirshfield – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8pm
  • Oct. 7th – Weathervest – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 7:30
  • Nov. 24th – Aaron Irwin Quartet – Cornelia Street Cafe – Greenwhich Village, NY – CD RELEASE: A Room Forever – 8:30pm
  • Dec. 5th – Weather Vest – St. Ann’s – Brooklyn, NY – 6pm
  • Dec. 17 – Aaron Irwin/Mike Baggetta/Jeff Hirshfield – Freddy’s Bar and Back Room – Brooklyn – 9pm

Ordinary Lives | Reviews

Jazz Journal (Gary Booth)  *****

  • Irwin and the guys achieve the perfect balance, making eery, Twilit music that lingers long in the mind.  An understated little gem.

Christian Science Monitor

  • Alto saxophonist and composer Aaron Irwin shines in his latest CD, Ordinary Lives. For anyone who treasures the elegant line of the solo sax, this album is a lovely treat. It showcases original tunes that work with the simple elegance of well-done ensemble acoustic music.

Time Out New York

  • Aaron Irwin, a postbop altoist whose compositions successfully embody a sophisticated-pop sensibility, gigs in support of his engaging latest, Ordinary Lives.


New York Times (Chinen)

  • The poised young alto saxophonist Aaron Irwin has a new album, “Ordinary Lives,” that showcases his affinity for the melodic sweep of indie-rock, among other things. 

Steve Futterman

  • Just when you think you know what direction Aaron Irwin is going to aim for, he throws you a brilliant curve ball. Melodic and expressive above all, Ordinary Lives delivers the kind of musical jolt we can all use these days.

2014 Performances

  • Jan. 2nd – Weather Vest – Silvana –  Harlem, NY – 6-8
  • Jan. 11th – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – Winter Jazz Fest – Subculture – NY, NY – 6pm
  • Jan. 13th – John Yao Big Band – Tea Lounge – Brooklyn, NY – 8-11
  • Jan. 27th – Aaron Irwin Group – LIC Bar – Queens, NY – 8pm
  • Feb. 11th – Bob Sabin’s 10tet – Douglas Street Music Collective – Brooklyn, NY 
  • Feb. 20th – Aaron Irwin/Mike Baggetta/Devin Gray – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8
  • Feb. 27th – Weather Vest – Horace Mann School – Riverdale, NY – 10-11 
  • March 15th – Lynn Henderson – Kent, CT
  • March 20th – Aaron Irwin trio – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8
  • March 21st – KT Sullivan/ Mark Nadeler – 54 Below – 8pm
  • March 22nd – KT Sullivan/Mark Nadler – NJPAC
  • March 26th – John Yao Big Band – Shapeshifter Lab
  • April 24th – Aaron Irwin Group CD Release!! – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8
  • May 1st – Weather Vest – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY
  • May 2nd – Weather Vest – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY
  • May 3rd – Weather Vest – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY
  • May 8th – Good Times Brass Band – Silvana
  • May 10th – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – ShapeShifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 7
  • May 26 – Aaron Irwin Group – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY – 8:15
  • June 8th – Aaron Irwin/Mike Baggetta/Devin Gray – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY
  • June 22nd – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – Toronto Jazz Festival
  • June 23rd – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – Ottawa Jazz Festival
  • June 30th – Mike Fahie Big Band – Tea Lounge – Brooklyn, NY
  • July 7th – Aaron Irwin Group – Cornelia Street Cafe – NY, NY – 8:30 & 9:45
  • July 13th – Aaron Irwin clarinet trio – Bar Chord – Brooklyn, NY – 9pm
  • July 20th – Aug. 2nd – New York Summer Music Festival – Saxophone Faculty – Oneonta, NY
  • Aug. 14th – Matt McDonald Quartet – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8
  • Aug. 20th – Aaron Irwin Quartet (w/ Rich Perry!) – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY
  • Aug. 22nd – Bryan and the Haggards – Bait and Tackle – Brooklyn, NY
  • Oct. 7th – Aaron Irwin clarinet group – Why Not Jazz Room – NY, NY – 7-8:30
  • Oct. 21st – Aaron Irwin clarinet group – Cornelia Street Cafe – NY, NY – 10pm
  • Oct. 26th – Weather Vest – St. John’s Lutheran – 11am
  • Oct. 29th – Weather Vest – Rutgers University – Camden, NJ
  • Nov. 12th – Aaron Irwin Quintet (w/ Rich Perry!)  – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY
  • Nov. 14th – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – Subculture – 9pm
  • Dec. 4th – Aaron Irwin/Jeff Hirshfield/Mike Baggetta – Silvana – Harlem, NY – 6-8