Aidan Carroll is a versatile and thriving bassist living in Brooklyn, NY. Music has been at the forefront of Aidan’s life since as a young boy of 8 years old when he had a vision that he would play music for the rest of his life. Never looking back, he has since been following the path of an aspiring musician in all its twists and turns. Aidan Carroll’s passion, determination, and creativity for music has given him the opportunity to perform with such diverse and esteemed artists as Fred Hersch, Ben Monder, Greg Hutchinson, Aaron Goldberg, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Melody Gardot, Lisa Fischer and more. Carroll has performed at such international and stateside festivals as the Juans Les Pins Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Pontevedra Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, New Orleans Voodoo Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and many others. His overarching concept and approach to music which combines heavy groove with melodic improvisation and a deep sense of harmony makes him a unique and respected bassist in New York and beyond.
Hailing from the blues-infused city of Oklahoma City, Carroll grew up with his musical parents’ unwavering support, and studied music avidly from a young age. He started playing drums in his father’s band at age 10, and studied classical percussion as well as rock n roll and r&b drumming. After winning numerous awards on classical marimba and percussion, Carroll was drawn to the bass and to the world of jazz and improvisation. He attended the prestigious arts high school Classen School of the Advanced Studies where he eventually switched from percussion major to bass major to play in jazz band and orchestra. During this time Aidan sought out and listened to classic albums with an immense hunger in order to learn and study the language of improvisation. He also performed regularly with his school jazz band in big band and combo formats at local functions, and seasoned his experience with several awards at state competitions. Following graduation he received a full jazz scholarship to attend the University of Central Oklahoma. While in college, Carroll played in the top jazz big band all four years, as well as the orchestra and wind ensemble. Beyond playing locally and regionally with peers and mentors, during this time he received an award for outstanding soloist at the Wichita State Jazz Fest 2003, and a scholarship for excellence in the music program at UCO in 2005. After college Aidan was looking for an even deeper level of experience in his musical life and started setting his sights on New York City.
After graduating and before moving to New York for grad school, Carroll was selected to attend the prestigious Banff Creative Workshop. At Banff he was blessed with the opportunity to study with James Genus, Donny McCaslin, Dave Douglas, Rez Abassi and more. Aidan moved to New York in 2006 and attended The City College of New York where he worked with mentor John Patitucci for two years and earned his Masters in Jazz Performance. Since moving to New York Aidan has had many great opportunities working in town and abroad. He has recorded with diverse artists like Fred Hersch, Ralph Alessi, Seamus Blake, and toured with the Dan Tepfer Trio, Logan Richardson’s SHIFT, multilingual singer Marta Topferova, Zimbabwean singer Chiwoniso (R.I.P.), Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and Melody Gardot. Carroll regularly works with his New York peers playing in town with groups led by Sullivan Fortner, Chris Dingman, Julian Shore, John Raymond, Richie Barshay, Jason Palmer and others.
Currently Aidan is performing and touring with Grammy award winning Lisa Fischer. Aidan’s debut album “Original Vision” was released on March 2015 on Truth Revolution Records and Lyte Records. The self-produced record features Aidan’s original compositions and debut single “Sundays” lauded by Revive Music and Soul Bounce. Above all, Aidan Carroll truly believes in sharing his passion for music and the bass with audiences across the world, and continues to follow this dream no matter what it takes.