Aaron Aranita

Aaron Aranita

BandJazz

The jazz trio with Aaron Aranita on sax and keyboards, Roger Araujo on Drums and Beto Bessera play a contemporary mix of Brazilian jazz, straight ahead and jazz funk. Roger Araujo born in Sao Paulo Brazil but now a hawaii resident. Beto Bessera is from Japan but orig. from Brazil.

Biography

Aaron Aranita

Aaron Aranita has been a professional working musician for over 25 years. He has worked as a sideman and leader throughout the U.S. and Japan backing up some of the top names in the business, Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Natalie Cole, the Temptations, and Boy Katindig just to name a few. But that is only one aspect of his musicianship.

He started in music young, playing the clarinet then switching to bass in high school, went back to playing woodwinds in college, and then picking up keyboards along the way. He honed his craft in colleges such as Leeward Community College near his hometown of Waipahu, Hawaii and Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, and at dedicated establishments of musical learning such as the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Berklee School of Music was where Aaron decided to reach out even more and really learn from the best teachers available, Joe Viola for saxophone, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson and Andy Jaffe for arranging and composition. Evidently, he learned his lessons well because the people at Berklee to nominated him to the Dean's List in 1980.

As a side note, after Berklee, he even found the time to study piano tuning at the San Francisco School of Piano Tuning and Repair while performing with his band, Eastbound, in the Bay Area of California.

Now, as an accomplished musician, he composes both music and lyrics, owns and runs his own commercial studio, Sugartown Records, where he produces and records his own and other artists' albums, and even serves as musical director for the annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout. He is also a well sought after accompanist among Hawaii's finest vocalists.

Aaron's 1998 release, "Eastbound," was nominated for the Jazz Category of the Hoku Hawaiian Music Awards. This CD continues to receive airplay on jazz radio programs throughout the nation and even across the Pacific in Japan. In fact, in 1996, one of the tunes on that CD, "Sugartown," was aired nationally on Late Night with David Letterman.

Among the awards and accolades he has received are the Billboard Certificate of Achievement for Jazz Composition for his tune, "Gregoria " (1988), and the NAJE Award for Flute and Saxophone Performance (1986).

Presently, Aaron serves as an active member of the Hawaii Recording Academy (HARA) and the National Recording Academy (NARAS). And for the past 12 years, he has been a BMI writer and publisher.

In 2001, Aaron Aranita and Eastbound released "One Day," a new CD of 14 of Aaron's original tunes performed by Aaron and some of Hawaii's finest musicians.

2005 marks the release of Aaron's third CD, 14 instrumental tunes, "Don't Stop the Feeling".

Aaron is a person who has never stopped learning, who is always seeking to broaden his horizons, and who has dedicated himself to his craft.


CARLOS ALBERTO “BETO” BESERRA
BIO INFO

Born in Recife, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, Beto began his career as a professional musician and moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1965, where he played with the major musicians and singers of the Bossa Nova era. He studied at Escola Nacional de Música in Rio de Janeiro and at Berklee School of Music in Boston.
He has toured, recorded and played in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Japan, and Macao, with artists such as: Hazel Scott, Sadao Watanabe, Naoya Matsuoka, Shigeharu Mukai, Kazumi Watanabe, Hidefumi Toki, Lisa Ono, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Guilherme Franco, Joe Ford, Dave Kikosky, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, Dom Um Romão, Bill Watrous, James Levi, Tommy Campbell.

In 1995 Beto recorded, composed and arranged for the band Nova Bossa Nova for the CD of the same name.

Beto has resided in Nagoya, Japan since 1977 where he teaches bass, arranging and Brazilian Ensemble at Nagoya Visual Arts School

Rogerio Araujo,
an active session drummer from Brazil, residing in Hawaii. He has been
backing up acts such as Sa & Guarabira (as a member of their band from 1992 to 1994)
and Gonzaguinha Junior(1996), having also performed internationally in New York with
Juarez Moreira(1987), and with Leo Gandelman (1997). Araujo also participated in the
JVC Jazz Festival at the Art Institute in New York. He accompanied Claudio Zoli in
Spain (1993) and Déborah Blando in Miami (1997). Araujo also has backed up musicians like Nivaldo Ornelas, and Arthur Maia. From 1989 to 1983, he was the drummer
and percussionist of the group Los Brujos, formed by George Platero in Argentina,
among others. He also performed with Jazz musicians in Hawaii from 1997 to 2005,
participating in the recording of the Aaron Aranita CD, Cheryl Bartlett and others.
Rogerio Araujo started playing music at 12, learning the drums. At fifteen he joined Zé
Renato and Cláudio Nucci in Grupo Agora, which performed in schools in Rio de Janeiro. Araujo studied at the Villa-Lobos public school of music, also taking private
classes with American drummer

Lyrics

Sounds Like Christmas

Written By: Aaron Aranita

Verse

It's the time to be in cheer.
and a time of ce-le bra-tion.
A time for all the lit-tle ones
to see their dreams come true. Time to con-tem-plate
the year,
of those times we've
che-rished dear-ly.
A time to be with all the ones
you love.

Chorus

Sounds just like christ-mas.
Sea-son's joy is with us.
Snow-flakes and Mis-tle-toe a-bove.
Is this a Christ-mas that I'll spend with-out your love.
Warm clothes to wear.
A chill is in the air.
E-ver-green and pine-cone wreathes a-bound.
Joy sung by ca-ro-lers
but I don't hear a sound.
Tis' the sea-son to be free-zin'. Hap-py Ho-li-days.
There's a rea-son for the cheer-ing and the joy that comes
from gi-ving,
but I don't hear or see it
with-out you.

Bird is the Word

Written By: Aaron Aranita

If someone asks what is jazz,
answer with a single word.
Bird He is the word.
The sound of be-bop in the for-ties,
Rhythm and a harmony
like no one
ever played before.
and if you pick up the sax,
check out ornithology,
Bird he cut the track,
A word of warning to the novice,
Playing Bird could throw your fingers out of whack.

On the stage with Dizzy and Bud with Max and Mingus,
Not a line up you'ed expect to crack.
This was the Dream Team
of all Bebop,
No one else in history
would even stand a
Ghost of a chance.

In case you haven't just heard,
listen to the melody,
Crank that headphone nerd.
This song must
come to a conclusion,
So remember now that
Bird is the word.

Coolhead Jazz

Written By: Aaron Aranita

A tune that from the new and the past,
and from the giants of jazz.
The bop of Charlie Paker,
Tatum, Monk and Miles,
Mix in the attitude of
the Hip Local guys.
From New York down to
Monterey Bay,
We listen to the cats play.
Woodshed and learn the standards,
Play in every key.
Take out that horn and play a sweet melody.

I asked a Blala from Kahala,
He said listen to Fats Walla,
He's the Man you understand.
and in the south you have to
play all the blues,
go out and pay all the dues,
if it's the lifestyle you choose.

So when you come and jam
with the band.
Don't keep your fakebook at hand.
Just get your act together,
play by memory.
When you can cut it then it's
Cool Head Jazz.

Cool Head Jazz,
Slow or fast.
Dig these changes
modulating down
we end up in B flat.

Keep your cool,
Jazz Cats rule.
Slick and suave
the cats are playing
Cool Head Jazz.

How many years?

Written By: Aaron Aranita

You don't know me,
Do I know you?
were'nt we the best friends?
Is this how it ends?
How many years did we make
was it seven, was is eight?
Is it already late for us?

How did we end up,
with these regrets?
Years of our life,
Husband and wife.
How many years was there love?
Saw the world and
shared it all,
full of joy as I recall.

Look at the children we raised
all the little leagues and grades,
all the candles on the cakes.

How many years of love
till now.

Now it's
time to start over,
will I be over,
Years that we shared,
times that we cared.

How many years did it take
for two hearts to break up a
family of four.

Every story has an end
when there's nothing left to say,
Now that it's over
I'll go away.

Discography

CDs released to date:

1998: "Eastbound", Aaron Aranita and the Eastbound band. Eight instrumental originals written by Aaron Aranita and two original songs written by Aaron Aranita feature the voice of Gail Mack.

2001: "One Day", Aaron Aranita along with special guest jazz musicians and singers such as Teresa Bright, Gail Mack aka Kaila Novicki, Vergel Jepas, Ace Thomson, Harve Thompson, Roger Araujo, Carlinhos DeOliviera, Randall Yamamoto, Peter Factora, Miles Jackson, Chuck James and Abe Lagrimas perform fourteen Aaron Aranita original compositions.

2005: "Don't Stop the Feeling", Aaron Aranita and the Eastbound Band and other jazz artists such as Chuck James on drums, John Hulaton on trumpet and acoustic guitar perform fourteen Aaron Aranita instrumental originals. Russian jazz trumpet legend Valery Ponomarev appears on two compositions "Jazzamba" and "Never Say Never".
New Review in Jazzimprov magazine Fall 2005
upcoming reviews and AD in Jazziz magazine January 2006

Set List

Typical set of original tunes
Sugartown
Urbanity
Eastbound
Where The Wind Blows
Jazzamba
Gregoria
Party for Alto

Cover Tunes

A FOGGY DAY
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
ALL BLUES
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
AS TIME GOES BY
AUTUMN LEAVES
BAG'S GROOVE
BESAME MUCHO
BLUE BOSSA
BLUE MONK
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
CORCOVADO
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE
DOODLlN'
DOXY
EMBRACEABLE YOU
EUROPA
FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE
FLY ME TO THE MOON
FREEWAY OF LOVE
GEE BABY AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU
GIRL FROM IPANEMA
GOD BLESS THE CHILD
HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY
HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS
HOW ABOUT YOU
HOW HIGH THE MOON
HOW SWEET IT IS
IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW
I'LL REMEMBER YOU
IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
IT HAD TO BE YOU
LADY IS A TRAMP
LAURA
LITTLE SUNFLOWER
LOVER MAN
MEDITATION
MERCY MERCY MERCY
MISTY
MOON RIVER
MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT
MORE THAN YOU KNOW
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
MY ROMANCE
NIGHT AND D