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 BIOGRAPHy

   

    After graduation from UNT, Dutton shifted his focus onto composing original music for the Aaron Dutton Group, which debuted in February of 2017. Dutton's writing for the group aims to explore the possibilities of melding improvisation and through-composed sections, musical density and space, and the jazz tradition and Dutton's various non-jazz influences. He recorded his debut EP in the summer of 2018, and plans to release it in early 2019. In addition to his group, Dutton co-leads a freely-improvising saxophone trio entitled Nothing Machine with Garrett Wingfield and Emilio Mesa. Dutton is also at home playing in straight-ahead settings, and his primary influences on saxophone range from Charlie Parker and Mark Turner to Lee Konitz and Wayne Shorter. 

    Dutton has also done extensive work as a collaborator. He recently joined the Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble, a Boston-area large ensemble, with whom he played an album release show at the Jazz Gallery in New York in November 2018. As a member of the Anna Jalkéus Group, Dutton was awarded a Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Graduate Small Group, and recently recorded a full-length album entitled “Estrogenia” with Jalkéus that was released in the summer of 2018. He also played with Jalkéus as the headlining act at Svensk Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg, Kansas in fall 2017. Dutton is also a member of Family Tree, a Denton, TX group whose recent EP "Whatever Keeps You in the Air" received positive reviews from The Dentonite, and avant-garde octet The Octopod, who’s debut full-length album “Monoliths and Sepulchres” garnered praise from nextbop.com . Dutton is also featured on Isabel Crespo's 2016 EP, "Enough Silence". 

    In the fall of 2018, Dutton began his pursuit of a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he currently studies with Donny McCaslin and Jerry Bergonzi. In Texas, Professor Brad Leali and Alejandro Fraile helped Dutton develop a foundation. In addition to the various saxophones, Dutton has the ability to play flute, clarinet, and piano proficiently.

    Originally hailing from the sunny beaches of Santa Barbara, California, Aaron Dutton is a saxophonist and composer who currently resides in Boston, MA. Raised in a musical household, Dutton has had the irresistible urge to make music since childhood, and he began his studies on piano at age 6. His professional career, while still in its infancy, has already led him down many unique and enriching musical paths.

    Dutton received his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors in 2016. In his final year at UNT, Dutton was selected as a member of the One O' Clock Lab Band, a seven-time Grammy-nominated student big band at the university. In addition to recording on the band's annual full-length album, Lab 2016, Dutton also had the opportunity to go on tour in Australia with the band, playing in front of an audience of 5,000 at the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia. As a member of the band, Dutton had the opportunity to play with artists such as Danilo Pérez, James Morrison, Dennis Mackrel, Kate Cerebano, Wycliffe Gordon, Troy Roberts, and more.