Aaron Henry is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer, specializing in modern 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 including Dave Liebman, Miguel Zanon, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Matthew Stevens, Esperanza Spalding, and Tiger Okoshi. As a composer he has written and produced music for Fox International, National Geographic, and Elias Music, and has placed tracks in international catalogs, libraries, and commercial streaming markets. Selected recording and production credits include Grammy-nominated NEC faculty member Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s large ensemble What’sNext?, Louis Cato (Jon Batiste and Stay Human of The Tonight Show) and guitarist Matt Stevens, and Maine-grown artists Adam Agati (Corey Henry, Marcus Miller), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet, 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, and world-renown producer/engineer Peter Denenberg (Spin Doctors, Willie Nelson). He graduated Berklee College with a degree in saxophone performance, where he received the Charlie Parker Award for Woodwind Excellence, and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival as a member of the prestigious Berklee Monterey Quartet led by guitarist Bryan Baker. He has studied technique, performance, and improvisation with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Dino Govoni, Shannon Leclaire and Frank Tiberi. He spent 2 years prior at the University of Redlands, CA, studying classical saxophone and woodwind doubling with Dr. Eddie Smith, Sara Andon, 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 the occasional tour and appearance at festivals from Sweden to Korea. He is the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Yarmouth High School (ME) and teaches improvisation, woodwind performance, composition, theory and jazz performance, and has been a woodwind sectional leader, jazz specialist, clinician, and educator in southern Maine schools since 2017. He lives in Scarborough with his family.