Lecturer (Jazz Saxophone)
After moving to Hawaii in 1998, Aaron Hill (Lecturer) began studies at the University of Hawaii, where he came under the tutelage of classical saxophonist Todd Yukumoto and jazz multi-instrumentalist Scott Villager. During his nearly 10 years in Hawaii, Aaron made a living as an in-demand freelance saxophonist, performing at one time or another with virtually every member of the Hawaiian jazz scene. In 2007 Aaron moved to Durham and began teaching private saxophone, flute, and clarinet lessons, as well as performing with various ensembles throughout the Eastern US. In 2010 he enrolled in the Masters of Jazz Studies program at North Carolina Central University, studying privately with Brian Horton, Joey Calderazzo, and Branford Marsalis. After earning an MM in both Jazz Performance and Composition, Aaron returned to playing and teaching full time.
Aaron has performed throughout the lower 48 United States and Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, and Sweden, and has shared the stage with such notable artists as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Jimmy Heath, Cyrus Chestnut, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, and Michael McDonald. His recordings have been heard on television and radio nationwide, including on Sesame Street and The Discovery Channel. Aaron is adjunct professor of saxophone at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University.
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