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Aidan McKeon is a saxophonist, composer/arranger, woodwind specialist, educator, and above all 

an artist who works to put his best work on the stage every night. Aidan began his playing career at a young age in the Philadelphia area, studying at the historical Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, before studying in Manhattan at the Juilliard School and with jazz legends such as George Coleman and Kenny Washington.

In the Philly music scene, Aidan played as a sideman and a leader for many years before landing in NY, and has played in bands led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Farnsworth, Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Dave Stryker, Alex Claffy, Richard Hill Jr., Joe Block, Tyler Bullock and others, and at venues such as the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Gallery, Dizzy's Club, Smalls Jazz Club, and Chris' Jazz Cafe and has also had many gigs as a leader with quartets, big bands, and other ensembles with original music.


Along with performing, Aidan has composed and arranged many pieces for various ensemble types, most recently being commissioned to write for the Philadelphia Ambassadors Big Band led by Joe Block and with Kurt Rosenwinkel, along with previously writing extensive works for big band. He also has written and performed new works for dance, small jazz ensembles, and piano.

Aidan's music is largely inspired by masters such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Sun Ra, modern greats such as Chris Potter, Immanuel Wilkins, Bobby Zankel, the many geniuses of European classical music, and many other American artists.

Boston Sax Shop Ambassador

Aidan is very happy to announce his collaboration with and endorsement of the Boston Sax Shop and its products. Jack Tyler has done an amazing job of bringing together the sax community and supporting artists who continue to innovate on the saxophone. Aidan currently plays on the custom black box size 3 reeds. More updates soon!

Check out this recent interview of Aidan from Zach Sollitto with Best Saxophone Wesbite Ever. The interview goes into McKeon's musical journey, along with practice methods, inspirations, equipment, and more!

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