5:30 – 8:30: Aaron Johnson – Aaron M. Johnson is a Saxophonist, Clarinetist and Flutist based in New York City. In addition to leading his own group in nearly every New York jazz establishment, from Smalls to Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has worked with notable jazz musicians such as Jon Batiste, Dick Hyman, Chuck Israels, Ken Peplowski, Connie Crothers, Slide Hampton, John Colianni, Ed Palermo, Pete Barbutti, Joey “G Clef” Cavaseno, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dwayne Clemons, and Sacha Perry. Johnson is currently an artist in residence for the famed Catskill Jazz Factory and 23arts. Through these organizations, he has premiered 4 commissioned projects since 2017.
As a commercial/classical/woodwind musician, Aaron has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, played in the house band for Bill Irwin’s Old Hats, Toured with 2009 American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze and is a member of the Siletz Bay Festival Orchestra (Oregon) in addition to freelancing with many local/regional symphonies/chamber ensembles in the New York Metro Area. Currently playing lead alto with the John Colianni jazz orchestra, Aaron is also a member of the Ken Peplowski big band and leads his own groups and projects nationally as well as abroad….
more at https://aaronmjohnsonjazz.com/bio.html