Aaron Goldberg Zach Brock Project – piano/violin
The Aaron Goldberg – Zach Brock Project is a collaboration carefully crafting genre bending compositions to make the most of the piano-violin duo with the addition of the propulsive rhythms of world and jazz music. Expect virtuosic and passionate playing with textural nuances that only this combination can create.
Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. In addition to heading his trio, Aaron has spent the last 12 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz--Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Madeleine Peyroux and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchesta among others.
Aaron was born in Boston and got hooked on jazz in high school by Bob Sinicrope and Jerry Bergonzi, two master educators. He spent a year at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1996 with a degree in History and Science and a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. On weekends he held a long-time residence at Wally's Cafe in Boston, and the fall after graduation he moved to Brooklyn.
He began performing with a cross-generational array of legends and peers--including Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Mark Turner, Greg Tardy--in addition to working with his own trio. In 1998 he joined the quartet of Joshua Redman, with whom he toured for 4 years and recorded two albums. Along with Aaron’s 4 albums as a leader and 4 more as a co-leader of the OAM Trio, Aaron has recorded over 60 cds with a diverse spectrum of artists.
In 2004 and 2008, Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America's Future and Jazz for Obama, historic fundraising concerts for Sen. John Kerry and President Barack Obama respectively. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and cds, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in NYC. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.
"Boundless imagination, burning intensity, exquisite sensitivity and abundant soul -- Aaron Goldberg truly has it all. One of the most exciting, inventive, and lyrical pianists you will ever hear. --Joshua Redman
"Aaron Goldberg is a modern improviser of great clarity, finesse, and dexterity. He has a first-class technical command of the piano, a unique rhythmic sophistication, attention to the nuances of thematic development and a penetrating intellect."--Wynton Marsalis
“For years now I've greatly admired Aaron Goldberg’s ability to provide strong support yet still speak with his own voice in a band. But this album really shows how Aaron approaches his own music, and it's a revelation.” --Brad Mehldau
"Beyond his technical prowess and mastery of the language of jazz, Aaron Goldberg and his trio have created a music of great spirit and atmosphere." --Kurt Rosenwinkel
2012 brought great things for the Brooklyn resident. After performing at the Sundance Film Festival in January, he returned to New York City to record for Criss Cross Jazz. In the spring, Zach began a new collaboration with pianist Phil Markowitz as they toured in Italy and in the U.S. In late June, Zach and his trio, The Magic Number, traveled to The Solomon Islands as artist envoys for the U.S. Department of State followed by a tour in Germany with vocalist and pianist Stephanie Nilles. Returning state side, Zach recorded with Wycliffe Gordon for Gordon’s Criss Cross release, a collection of blues and ballads by Ellington and Strayhorn. Recent performances in Chicago prompted Neil Tesser of the Chicago Examiner to state that Zach is “…the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation.”
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Zach grew up in a family of musicians and was performing publicly by the age of six. He became serious about jazz while in high school and moved to Chicago to continue his classical studies with the ulterior motive of participating in the city’s jazz scene. As a sophomore in college at Northwestern University, Brock was in a serious car accident that sidelined him for three years. By the time he was able to finish his degree, Zach had already launched headlong into his professional career.
In 2005 The Coffee Achievers, Brock’s first quartet, made their Carnegie Hall debut at the invitation of trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. Six months later they played at the Ouro Preto Jazz Festival in Brazil. Zach relocated to New York and the second chapter of his early career began.
Zach tours and records with a diverse roster of artists and has performed with Stanley Clarke, Wycliffe Gordon, Snarky Puppy, Stephanie Nilles, Patricia Barber and Matt Ulery. Zach’s previous release, The Magic Number, with his long-standing trio, bassist Matt Wigton and drummer Fred Kennedy, features originals and standards with a Bad Plus-like attitude.
Zach Brock’s first release on the European label Criss Cross Jazz features top-rank musicians Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Almost Never Was has the distinction of being the first record date by a violinist for the venerable label. It features Zach’s signature approach to a new jazz language for the violin, three original compositions and musical inspirations as varied as Jimi Hendrix, Leslie Feist and Joe Henderson.
Heralded this fall by the Chicago Tribune as the next major jazz violinist and by Downbeat Magazine as a Rising Star in the violin category 2005-2012, Zach is a virtuosic and emotive leader whose every phrase argues for the instrument’s value in 21st century jazz.