[M]usic works better when you don’t push it too hard…

Peter Erskine

As Jazz Appreciation Month continues, we’re highlighting our newest board member, Aaron Lipsitz. Aaron, who joined the CJO board this past fall, was introduced to us by another board member, Logan Bryant. We’re glad to have you, Aaron! And a big thanks to all of the board, who help make what we do possible.

Q&A with Aaron Lipsitz

How long have you been with the CJO?

About 6 months.

What is your favorite thing about performing with the CJO?

The board has been very welcoming to me, and I am excited for future opportunities.

What has been your favorite concert with the CJO?

I’m looking forward to the first one I can attend in person!

What was your introduction to jazz?

I played in my high school jazz band on the vibraphone and did some jazz in college as well.

Why did you choose the instrument that you play?

I started percussion in 4th grade. Most other kids were trying it but weren’t really passing the rhythm “test” they were given to see who would play. I decided I would try, too, and I have been playing ever since.

What is your favorite jazz album?

Blues and Roots – Charles Mingus
From the album, here’s “Moanin’”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyOlc8BaR0A

Which jazz musician would you most like to have a beer with, and why?

Peter Erskine. I’ve gone through his instructional books growing up so getting to meet/talk with him would be fascinating.

Why do you think jazz should be taught in schools?

Jazz allows for an amount of self-expression that you aren’t getting with standard concert pieces. Teaching concepts like soloing at a young age would help kids be more comfortable with themselves.

What are any other groups you are a part of?

I am a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, and I have enjoyed the friendships made through this organization. This is the same organization that I originally met Logan.

Song Recommendation…?

Or a favorite album or artist?
We want to know – who do you love, what are you listening to, what does jazz mean to you?

Email Theresa@clevelandjazz.org by Monday, April 19th, so we can highlight you, our fans, in a newsletter! (And maybe a social media shout-out, too!)


Tribute to Chick Corea

Join us as the CJO Little Big Band does another livestream show at the Bop Stop!

Saturday, May 8th, 8 p.m.

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