Aaron Swinnerton


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Aaron Swinnerton attended Christ Gospel Church in Buffalo, NY four times weekly, from infancy through age fifteen. By age five he had acquired his first pair of broken drumsticks from the church drummer and began to develop his rhythmic concept on cardboard boxes in the family apartment. The small apartments of his childhood were not conducive to the noise of a drumset, however, and by age eight he had taken to the piano. Within two years Aaron began to perform regularly with the church band, and as time passed, the piano became the central focal point of his life. In his early adolescence, Aaron developed an uncanny devotion to jazz; somewhat peculiar for a boy growing up in the late 80s and early 90s inasmuch as there was no one around to guide him in this direction. Soon after high school, Aaron joined the US Army and worked as a piano player in several of the Army's jazz bands. While stationed in Korea, Aaron had the opportunity to perform for President Bill Clinton and had many opportunities to improve his playing in numerous jazz clubs around the greater Seoul area. Upon completion of his Army commitment in 1999, he moved to New York City and attended Queens College (CUNY) where he received a B.A. in History. Within a short time after his arrival in New York, Aaron was fortunate enough to begin working as a piano player and continues to be a hardworking and dedicated musician. ***(In addition to tons of my fellow working musicians whom I greatly appreciate, I've had the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage with the following artists): PATTI LaBELLE - New York, NY ; NATALIE COLE - New York, NY ; STEVIE WONDER - New York, NY ; BeBe WINANS (TMG Records, 4 time Grammy Award Winner) - New York, NY ; JT TAYLOR-KOOL & the GANG - Saint Tropez, France ; LALAH HATHAWAY (Virgin Records) - Essence Music Festival, New Orleans, LA ; SMOKEY ROBINSON - New York, NY ; MICHAEL McDONALD - New York, NY ; THE VILLAGE PEOPLE - Mexico City, Mexico ; CHERYL PEPSII RILEY - Las Vegas, NV ; RON GRANT - Cancun, Mexico ; RAHSAAN PATTERSON (MCA Records) - Detroit, MI ; ASHFORD & SIMPSON - Apollo Theater, New York, NY ; RUBEN STUDDARD (J Records, American Idol) - New York, NY ; THE STYLISTICS (Avco Records) - New York, NY , Wilmington, DL ; DEBORAH COX (Arista Records, Broadway) - Apollo Theater, New York, NY ; ME'LISA MORGAN (EMI/Capitol Records) - Pittsburgh, PA ; LEELA JAMES (Warner Brothers Records) - New York, NY ; DANNY JUNG (SONY Records) - Oahu, Hawaii ; JUJU (SONY Records) - Tokyo, Japan ; JIN YOUNG PARK "JYP" (Korea platinum recording artist/producer) Korea Video Music Awards - Seoul, Korea.