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Aaron Goldberg Trio to perform at UMFK

January 18, 2008

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Jazz musicians, Aaron Goldberg Trio will perform at the Fox Auditorium on the University of Maine campus on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and UMFK students are free.  Accompanying Aaron Goldberg during the evening performance is Reuben Rogers and Jeff Ballard. 

Goldberg has worked with a wide variety of artists and won the International Association of Jazz Educators' prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship award. He also won first place in National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search in 1993. Soon after he was discovered by vocalist and first lady of jazz, Betty Carter, and was a founding member of her historic Jazz Ahead program. He continued to perform at clubs around both New York and Boston. 

Goldberg's long and impressive list of recorded credits includes work with a diverse spectrum of artists ranging from Guillermo Klein to Terry Gibbs/Buddy DeFranco, as well as with fellow leaders of the next generation including John Ellis, Jimmy Greene and Eli Degibri. In 2004, Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America's Future, a fundraising concert for John Kerry's presidential campaign that also featured Savion Glover, Brad Mehldau, Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride and others. He currently is the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series at Manhattan's All Souls Church. 

His first recording as a leader, Turning Point, was released on the J Curve imprint in 1999, followed by Unfolding in 2002. He's also a member of the OAM Trio, which recorded Trilingual (1999) and Flow (2002) for the Fresh Sound/New Talent label, as well as two collaborations with saxophonist Mark Turner: an upcoming studio project and the acclaimed Live in Sevilla (2003) on Lola Records.                          

“Jazz is not about copying stuff that came before you. It's about imitating, assimilating and then looking ahead and looking inside yourself to find out who you are. As long as you look inside yourself the music will continue to grow because people are changing. Each generation presents new types of people, new environments, and new personalities. So as long as we continue to look backward and forward and inside at the same time, and also draw from each other, each generation will create new music that is of the moment,” noted Goldberg. 

Most recently, in addition to leading his telepathic trio Aaron has been touring and recording with young guitar guru Kurt Rosenwinkel. In 2005 he also toured South America with Madeleine Peyroux and spent six months performing with Wynton Marsalis in his quartet as well as with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  

The event is sponsored by UMFK Foundation and Student Activities. Contact Linda Deprey at 834-7800 or Ray Phinney at 834-7850 for tickets.