Aaron Aranita

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Aaron Aranita has been a professional working musician for over 40 years. He has worked as a sideman and leader throughout the U.S. and Japan. The Berklee School of Music was where Aaron decided to reach out even more and really learn from the best teachers available, Joe Viola for saxophone, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson and Andy Jaffe for arranging and composition. Evidently, he learned his lessons well because the people at Berklee to nominated him to the Dean's List in 1980.

As a side note, after Berklee, he even found the time to study piano tuning at the San Francisco School of Piano Tuning and Repair while performing with his band, Eastbound, in the Bay Area of California.

Now, as an accomplished musician, he composes both music and lyrics, owns and runs his own commercial studio, Sugartown Records, where he produces and records his own and other artists' albums. Aaron's 1998 release, "Eastbound," was nominated for the Jazz Category of the Hoku Hawaiian Music Awards. This CD continues to receive airplay on jazz radio programs throughout the nation and even across the Pacific in Japan. In fact, in 1996, one of the tunes on that CD, "Sugartown," was aired nationally on Late Night with David Letterman.

Among the awards and accolades he has received are the Billboard Certificate of Achievement for Jazz Composition for his tune, "Gregoria " (1988), and the NAJE Award for Flute and Saxophone Performance (1986).

Presently, Aaron serves as an active member National Recording Academy (NARAS). And for the past 30years, he has been a BMI writer and publisher.

In 2001, Aaron Aranita and Eastbound released "One Day," a new CD of 14 of Aaron's original tunes performed by Aaron and some of Hawaii's finest musicians.

2005 marks the release of Aaron's third CD, 14 instrumental tunes, "Don't Stop the Feeling".

2007 " Cool Head Jazz with Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, Ernie Provencher and Chuck James.

Newer Cd recordings on Sugartown Records include

2013 Aaron Aranita Big Band,

2015 " Rough Jazz".

2017 Big Band CD 'Segunda Vista" with The Brent Fischer Orchestra.

2022 CD " Connection" with Aaron Aranita and Eastbound

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