Aaron Henry is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer, specializing inmodern and contemporary improvisation. He has performed at venues including Lincoln Center,The North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Istanbul Jazz Festival, and recorded with artists includingDave Liebman, Miguel Zanon, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Matthew Stevens, EsperanzaSpalding, and Tiger Okoshi. As a composer he has written and produced music for FoxInternational, National Geographic, and Elias Music, and has placed tracks in internationalcatalogs, libraries, and commercial streaming markets. Selected recording and productioncredits include Grammy-nominated NEC faculty member Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s large ensembleWhat’sNext?, Louis Cato (Jon Batiste and Stay Human of The Tonight Show) and guitarist MattStevens, and Maine-grown artists Adam Agati (Corey Henry, Marcus Miller), Lyle Divinsky (TheMotet, Model Airplane), Nick Falk (Hiss Golden Messenger), and Anna Lombard.
Aaron received his Master’s Degree in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase College,where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Du Yun, Jakub Ciupinski, andworld-renown producer/engineer Peter Denenberg (Spin Doctors, Willie Nelson). He graduatedBerklee College with a degree in saxophone performance, where he received the Charlie ParkerAward for Woodwind Excellence, and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival as a member ofthe prestigious Berklee Monterey Quartet led by guitarist Bryan Baker. He has studiedtechnique, performance, and improvisation with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Hal Crook, DinoGovoni, Shannon Leclaire and Frank Tiberi. He spent 2 years prior at the University ofRedlands, CA, studying classical saxophone and woodwind doubling with Dr. Eddie Smith, SaraAndon, and Phil Rehfeldt, winning honorable mention in the Redlands Concerto Competition,and placing 2nd in the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena’s Concerto Competition.
Aaron performs extensively around Maine, New England, and the NYC area, with theoccasional tour and appearance at festivals from Sweden to Korea. He is the Director of Bandsand Instrumental Music at Yarmouth High School (ME) and teaches improvisation, woodwindperformance, composition, theory and jazz performance, and has been a woodwind sectionalleader, jazz specialist, clinician, and educator in southern Maine schools since 2017. He lives inScarborough with his family.