Born: February 8, 1977 Primary Instrument: Bass
Spending 15 years as a busy hired-gun bass player, Aaron has been through all sorts of adventures; traveling the world and learning from the masters. This album displays his wide range of music experiences.
Growing up in Massachusetts, he cut his teeth playing upright and electric bass in bands ranging from jazz, blues, funk, reggae, to senegalese mbalax; and he found himself regularly driving to New York, Boston, Burlingame, Providence and just about anywhere else in New England where there was a gig. From the beginning he learned to be picky about quality, but not genre. When there is so much amazing music to be played, there should be no reason to have to specialize.
Moving to the San Francisco bay area in 2000, his adventures continued, and he quickly found himself working over time, sometimes playing two or three gigs a day. He entered the world of salsa and Afro-Cuban, Brazilian forro, and Caribbean steel pan music; he found himself accompanying Indian kathak dancers, veteran calypso singers from Trinidad, and navigating through dense, odd-meter jazz compositions.
Over the years Aaron has performed with artist such as Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordon, Andy Narell, Bonnie Raitt, Francisco Aquabella, John Handy, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Paula West, Jacqui Naylor, Dwight Trible, Eddie Marshal, Dave Ellis, Babatunde Lea, Gordon Stone, Kenny Washington, Josh Jones, Akira Tana, Jamie Davis, Royal Hartigan, among many others.
He has performed at venues such as, the Blue Note (NY), Scullers (Boston), The House of Blues (Boston), The Blues Alley (Washington DC), Zanzibar Blue (Philadelphia), Yoshis (SF), Yoshis (Oakland), The Jazz School (Berkeley), Humphrey's by the Bay (San Diego), The Fillmore (SF), Dakotas (Minneapolis), The Iron Horse (Northampton), Herbst Theatre (SF), Kuumbwa (Santa Cruz), The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The North Beach Jazz Festival, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Drumming in the New Millenium Festival in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt (December of 1999) ect.
”Germain's compositions are lyrical, harmonically interesting and groove heavy.”
”Bolstered by Germain's jaw-dropping electric solo, the tune leaves one wanting more from such a dynamic configuration.”
”Before You Go is an exciting session deserving of wide recognition. The level of musicianship is first-rate and Germain's rousing compositional skills are a delight.”
“While the quality of his playing is obvious, Germain never uses the tunes simply to demonstrate his talent--neither does he push his own instrument too far to the front of the mix. The result is a beautifully balanced recording that gives all the musicians space to play.......Before You Go demonstrates his ability as a writer and bandleader and clearly sets out his potential--it's a lovely album, imbued with talent, imagination and humanity.”
-Bruce Lindsay (All About Jazz)
3/4 Czech upright with Velvet Anima strings and a David Gauge Realist Pickup
Eminence electric upright bass
Japanese Fender Jazz Bass with Fender flatwound strings
G&L 2500 5 string electric bass with DR lo rider strings
Warwick Thumb 6 string with Fodera strings
Warwick Corvette Standard fretless 4 string bass
Walter Woods 650 watt bass amp