Aaron Gratzmiller is a saxophonist, arranger, and private instructor based in Boston, MA. His energetic playing and stylistic versatility has helped him become one of the most active performers in New England, sharing the stage with notable artists such as Kurt Elling, Antonio Hart, Robert Villera, and Matt Savage among others. Aaron also teaches private lessons at Cambridge Arts Academy (Somerville, MA) and North Main Music (Nashua, NH), and is the artistic director for the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation. His current project as a co-leader, the Pearcy/ Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet, presents the tradition of Hard Bop Jazz from the perspective of a younger generation of musicians. The Quintet will be releasing it’s debut album, titled “Over the Edge”, later this year.
Aaron grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where he began studying the piano at the age of 6. A few years later, he began playing the tenor saxophone in his elementary school band, and quickly developed an interest in Jazz. He continued taking lessons on both the saxophone and the piano through High School, when he began playing with Pittsburgh area musicians. He later majored in music at both Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, graduating from Berklee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. Aaron performs as both a bandleader and a sideman for local performances and tours, and is available for performing and presentation opportunities.
As a sideman:
-Origines y Destinos (The Luis D’Elias Ensemble), 2015
-The Escape (The Chroma Concept), 2012
-Mile 524 (Thinkin’ Big Band), 2012