I (Andrew) usually write these artists’ profiles. But Aaron’s is so good, and so Aaron, that I’m not touching it except to add this by way of openers: Aaron Weinstein is best known as a violinist, so next time we invite him (and there will always be a next time for Aaron) it may well be to work with his fretless followers.
This year, though, he is coming to work primarily with mandolin players with a focus on helping you develop your chord melody chops. If you experience lust in your heart every time you see and hear one of Aaron’s exquisite chord melody arrangements on mandolin (you can find a bunch on youtube) here’s your chance to dig it, and dig in, with him in person. Because we have a dream team of two top-notch mandolinists on staff this year they will be able to break the group down by broad level of ability. So whether you need a gentle intro or the “push me!” package, Isaac and Aaron have got you covered.
Not everyone who can play can teach. This video by Aaron Weinstein should put your mind at ease on that score. Aaron be good. Below the video you’ll find his bio. I’ll see you in your dreams, in June.
Called “a perfect musician”by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aaron Weinstein“is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters.”(Don Heckman, International Review of Music). As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Iceland, Israel, and Switzerland. Aaron has performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross, as well as musicians as varied as New York Pops conductor, Skitch Henderson and rock guitarist, Jay Geils. He has written arrangements for vocalists including Christine Ebersole, Linda Lavin, and the Manhattan Transfer’sJanis Siegel. Additionally, Aaron is a respected mandolinist, widely regarded as one of the instrument’s leading exponents in the jazz idiom and author of the Jazz mandolin book, “Mandolin Chord Melody System”from Mel Bay Publications.
Aaron is the recipient of both the New York City Bistro and New York City Nightlife Awards. With the release of his Arbors Records debut, A Handful of Stars(heralded as“the rebirth of the hot jazz violin”by Nat Hentoff of the Wall Street Journal), Aaron became the youngest jazz musician to record for the prestigious label. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship. Politically, Aaron is a bow tie rights activist. He is also lactose intolerant but can find at least one agreeable item on any restaurant menu, a feat he’s called,“my greatest talent.”Aaron lives in New York City.