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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. 29th – Weather Vest – Rutgers University – Camden, NJ

2013 Performances

  • Jan 25/26 – Mark Nadler’s Crazy 1961 - Kravis Center – West Palm Beach, FL – 7:30pm
  • Feb. 21 – Aaron Irwin Group  – Branded Saloon – Brooklyn, NY – 7:30
  • March 3 – Aaron Irwin/Tony Miceli Duo – Jay Heritage Center – Rye, NY
  • April 21st – Rufus Wainwright w/ Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia – Kimmel Center (PIFA) – Philadelphia, PA
  • April 25th – BISNY Faculty Concert – British International School – Manhattan, NY
  • May 10th – Bryan and the Haggards – Bait and Tackle – Brooklyn, NY – 9:30pm
  • May 18th – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – Atlas Arts Center – Washington DC
  • May 23rd/24th – Aaron Irwin Group Recording!! – Systems Two – Brooklyn, NY
  • May 27th – Mike Fahie Big Band – Tea Lounge – Brooklyn, NY
  • June 13th – Bob Sabin’s 10tet – Douglas Street Music Collective – Brooklyn, NY
  • June 20th – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – (Le) Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
  • June 24th – Darcy Argue’s Secret Society – Holland Festival – Amsterdam, Holland
  • July 7th – August 3rd – New York Summer Music Festival – Oneonta, NY
  • July 17th – Performance with Dick Oatts (Guest Artist Recital Series) – Oneonta, NY
  • July 26th – NYSMF Faculty Jazz Jam – Autumn Cafe – Oneonta, NY
  • July 30th – Mike Holober and Rufus Reid (Guest Artist Recial Series) – Oneonta, NY
  • August 17th – Mike Bagetta Duo – Blue Finn – NY, NY – 8pm
  • Oct. 1 – Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra – Fordham University – Manhattan, NY
  • Oct. 7th – Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra – Tea Lounge – Brooklyn, NY
  • Oct. 17th – Mark Nadler’s Art Start Benefit – Cutting Room – NY, NY
  • Oct. 25th – Bryan and the Haggards – Bait and Tackle – Redhook, Brooklyn
  • Oct. 30th – Bryan and the Haggards – The Stone – Manhattan, NY
  • Nov. 18th – Aaron Irwin Trio – New York Live Arts Cafe – NY, NY
  • Nov. 21st – Aaron Irwin Trio – Silvana’s – Harlem, NY
  • Dec. 4th – Mark Nadler – Laurie Beechman Theatre – NYC
  • Dec. 13th - Aaron Irwin Group - Branded Saloon – Brooklyn, NY – 6:30
  • Dec. 16th – Weathervest – P.S. 278 – NY, NY – 12:40

Vicious World: Plays the Music of Rufus Wainwright | Reviews

Allaboutjazz.com (David Wayne)
“Finally, where Vicious World Plays The Music of Rufus Wainwright really succeeds is how well it puts across Wainwright’s elegant music to a listening audience that may well know little or nothing about the singer/songwriter. It’s almost certain, however, that many will want to check out Wainwright’s music after hearing this CD.”
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
“This inventive New York based septet interprets material by the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright with some surprising results. Violinist Eliza Cho and cellist Maria Jeffers create mesmerizing accompaniment alongside Frisell-ian guitarist Sebastian Noelle.”
NewMusicBox.org (Molly Sheridan)
“Irwin [and McDonald] have assembled a sort of jazz chamber ensemble consisting of himself (saxophone/clarinet/flute), Matt McDonald (trombone), Sebastian Noelle (guitar), Thomson Kneeland (bass), Danny Fisher (drums), Eliza Cho (violin), and Maria Jeffers, (cello). The resulting performances add a new timbral palette and tight, well-considered improvisations into the mix. As an album, the tracks hang together as a beautiful songbook, contemporary without ever feeling gimmicky. Most importantly, perhaps, these musicians succeed in selling their argument that the source material for new standards is rich and waiting.”
Jazmusic.com (C.J. Bond)
“The gripping insights and revelations that flow from the CD: Vicious WorldPlays the Music of Rufus Wainright; Wainright’s prodigious abilities and genius as a lyrical songwriter, which have led to a comparison with the preeminent America songwriter, Cole Porter, insist that his work and that of Vicious World, be examined carefully, and taken very seriously.”
Allaboutjazz.com (Andrew J. Sammut)
“Wainwright’s music never lets too much light (or lightness) in, and Vicious World’s probing solos and clever arrangements create a canvas from multiple shades of darkness. Let’s just say the septet is moved to musical tears by the singer/songwriter’s earnest melodies and bittersweet harmonies.”

2012 Performances

  • Feb 22-26 – Clinic/Performance – Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI
  • March 2 – Blackbird Society Orch. – La Cochon Noir – Philadelphia, PA – 8pm
  • March 4 – Aaron Irwin Trio – Shrine – Harlem, NY – 8pm
  • March 4 – Shrine Big Band – Shrine – Harlem, NY – 9pm
  • March 12 – Mike Fahie Big Band – Tea Lounge – Brooklyn, NY – 9pm
  • March 17 - Aaron Irwin/Tony Miceli Duo!! - Tomi Jazz – Manhattan – 11pm
  • April 5 – Aaron Irwin/Tony Miceli Duo – Moonstone Arts Center – Philadelphia – 8pm
  • Sept 16 – Jeff Fairbanks Big Band – New York Buddhist Church – 2-4pm
  • Sept 20 – Philadelphia Big Band – Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Philadelphia, PA – 7-10
  • Oct 14 – Mark Nadler’s Art Start Benefit – Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) - Manhattan, NY – 7pm
  • Oct 16 – February House CD release party – Joe’s Pub – Manhattan, NY – 7pm
  • Oct 17 – New York Cabaret Convention – Jazz at Lincoln Center (Rose Hall) - Manhattan, NY – 6-9
  • Oct. 27 – Escort – Webster Hall – 8:45pm
  • Oct 29 – Bridge Session with Joe Conyers and Tony Miceli – World Cafe – Philadelphia, PA – 10am
  • Nov 4 – Matthew McDonald Ensemble – Shrine – Harlem, NY
  • Nov 28 – Aaron Irwin Trio – iBeam – Brooklyn, NY – 8pm
  • Dec. 5th – Aaron Irwin Group – Branded Saloon – Brooklyn, NY – 7pm
  • Dec. 14th – Bridge Session with Joe Conyers and Tony Miceli – World Cafe – Philadelphia, PA – 10am