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Phil Aaron

February 10, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Phil Aaron Jazz Central Studios

A reunion of sorts for three very established sidemen…

Phil Aaron hails from Chicago and grew up on deep-dish pizza. After studying at Berklee School of Music and The University of Illinois, Phil moved to California. He eventually landed on his feet at UCLA, where he was music director of the dance department. He also taught at Santa Monica College. Since coming to Minneapolis, Phil has built dual careers of composing music for film and TV by day, and playing jazz by night.

Phil has a unique ability to compose in a wide range of styles with a keen eye for the visual and emotional intent of a scene. He consistently creates compelling themes and rich soundscapes that move the images and story along. Phil has received local and international recognition for his music scores – including numerous Tellys, International Film Festival awards, an International Monitor award, and two Emmys.

As a jazz pianist, Phil has recorded five CDs and performed with a variety of national and international musicians, including Lee Konitz, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, and Barbara Morrison. When it’s time to relax, Phil can be spotted streaking by on his recumbent bike. He also enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his wife Jeanne and their four kids.

Terry Burns has been a professional bassist for 30 years. As a recipient of an Individual Study Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Terry lived in New York and studied under renowned jazz bassist and educator, Rufus Reid. Terry came to McNally Smith from Los Angeles where he studied with Bob Magnesson. His extensive performance credits in live performance, recording, television and film range from work with Mike Stern, Gene Harris, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Marlena Shaw, Jane Monheit, Roseanna Vitro, Freddy Hubbard, Terrell Stafford, Marc Copeland, Larry Goldings, David Benoit, Stanley Turrentine, David “Fathead” Newman, Billy Hart, Ray Bryant, Billy Higgins, Teddy Edwards, Steve Slagle and the great Billy Rodgers.

Terry has written five bass method texts entitled The Bass: A Comprehensive Approach. He is in demand as a clinician and speaker all over the country. Terry’s two solo recordings on Songspeak Records were released to critical acclaim and received nominations for “Jazz Recording of the Year” and “Bassist of the Year.”

Mac Santiago, B.M., has been playing music professionally since the age of sixteen. Mac grew up on the West Coast (Los Angeles and the Bay Area), attended Sonoma State University for three years, and graduated from Idaho State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music. After a year or so back in L.A., he began touring in an effort to further his nonacademic experience.

In 1983 he settled in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where he currently makes his home. His experiences there have been wide and varied over the past twenty-five years. Always a purveyor of jazz music, Mac has played in just about every musical configuration possible. Mac has toured with the British rock band Badfinger and played regularly with the best Jazz, Salsa, Country, and R&B groups in the area. He has performed in the pit orchestras of the world famous Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Opera as well as with blues legend Mojo Buford. Also, successful “one-offs” with the likes of Grover Washington Jr., Doc Severinson, The Dallas Brass, Savion Glover, Jack McDuff, Paul Bollenbeck and Dick Oatts, to name a few. Mac has proven to be one of the truly versatile drummer/percussionists in the area.

Though known more as a player than a teacher, Mac has directed community-based local youth jazz groups in the Twin Cities area and has always been willing to share his knowledge and experience with his peers. To this end, Mac has co-founded a community based Jazz center in Minneapolis with pianist Tanner Taylor calledJazz Central Studios.

These days Mac emphasizes that he no longer plays the drums – he plays the ensemble, and has developed quite a reputation as a superb accompanist both live and in the studio.


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February 10, 2014
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Jazz Central Studios
407 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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