Aidan McKeon is a saxophonist, composer/arranger, woodwind specialist, educator, and above all
an artist who puts his best work on the stage every night.
Aidan McKeon began his playing career at a young age in the Philadelphia area, studying at the historical Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, before beginning studies at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. He brings collaboration, professionalism, energy, and an amazing sound to his performances.
In the Philly music scene, Aidan played as a sideman and a leader for many years before landing in NY, playing in bands led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, and with Alex Claffy, Anwar Marshall, Joe Farnsworth, Larry McKenna, Nazir Ebo, Richard Hill Jr., Joe Block, at venues such as the Village Vanguard, Dizzy's 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.