Aaron Koppel Quartet

Aaron Koppel Quartet

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

AKQ infuses the styles of jazz, soul, Latin, and funk. 2009 Grammy nominating ballot for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. “The emphasis is on group interplay." Downbeat Magazine


The Aaron Koppel Quartet is a local Chicago jazz ensemble lead by guitarist Aaron Koppel. Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, Aaron started playing guitar at age eleven and has been composing music virtually his entire life. Over the years Koppel has established a name for himself in the local jazz scene and has also gained national recognition. Downbeat Magazine, in a recent article, states, “26-year-old Koppel takes a conventional form (mainstream jazz) and makes something of it, breaking up the material, avoiding the tendency to just write blowing vehicles.” In an article by legendary jazz critic Neil Tesser, Koppel is described as “an inventive composer and surprisingly mature 20-something leader” Jazziz Magazine, 2009. AKQ’s new album “Falling Together Falling Apart” is on the 2009 Grammy nominating ballot for Best Instrumental Jazz Album and made #7 in Neil Tesser’s Top Ten Chicago Jazz Discs of 2009. The AKQ were also nominated for two International jazz awards: Best International Jazz Song and Best International Jazz Group, in the 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards.

Performing together since 2004, the quartet consists of Chicago natives pianist Matt Nelson(Lupe Fiasco), bassist Graham Czach(Chicago Afrobeat Project), and drummer Robert Tucker(Matthew Santos). While touring with hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, Matt Nelson has appeared on The David Letterman Show and The Colbert Report. The quartet is a unique bop-driven force that can only be described as what it is: another new exit off the highway of jazz. AKQ infuses the styles of jazz, soul, Latin, fusion, funk and world music. JazzChicago.net coined AKQ as “some of the best young players (and composers) the city has to offer.”

In 2007, the AKQ released their debut album “The Wild Call of the Multi-Tasker” recorded by Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Greg Magers. The album received high acclaim. “The Wild Call… kept me ‘til the end!” Bobby Broom, 2007. With the release of their first album, the AKQ has been able to establish a solid fan base which has given the group the opportunity of playing a variety of Chicago’s finest venues and music festivals. In 2009, AKQ recorded their second album "Falling Together Falling Apart" with Chicago Sessions, LLC. On this disc Koppel invited featured guest saxophonists Geof Bradfield and Greg Ward creating “a band of heavyweights” Chicago Jazz Magazine, 2009. “The ensemble that Koppel has assembled for this recording reflects the best and brightest of the highly creative Chicago modern jazz scene…[Koppel] is at the top of his game as a soloist, his writing shows a depth and understanding of modern jazz harmony that is as exciting as it is engaging.” All About Jazz, 2009.

Currently, the Aaron Koppel Quartet is touring their newly released album and working on their third album, “Multiverse”, which will also be released by the Chicago jazz label Chicago Sessions. Humbled by their continued success, the AKQ is committed to furthering the message of jazz and perfecting their sound. Aaron and his quartet look forward to creating more music and captivating audiences for years to come.

Booking: aaron.koppel@gmail.com


- June 2011: Aaron Koppel Quartet 3rd album Multiverse recorded under the Chicago jazz label Chicago Sessions.
- Summer 2010: Aaron Koppel Quartet featured on the Jazziz compilation CD, Jazziz on Disc, Summer 2010 (Disc 1) Six Strings And Other Things
- 2010: Aaron Koppel Quartet featured on the 2010 Chicago Jazz Magazine Compilation CD, This is Chicago Jazz
- April 2009: Aaron Koppel Quartet with Greg Ward and Geof Bradfield: Falling Together Falling Apart recorded under the Chicago jazz label Chicago Sessions.
- June 2007: The Wild Call of the Multi-Tasker
Released independently; www.candyrat.com/artists/AaronKoppelQuartet/WildCall

-May 2011: Performed guitar on the soundtrack for the animated movie Cadaver, starring Christopher Lloyd and Tavi Gevinson.
-Feb 2010 Aaron Koppel Quartet National TV Debut on WGN-TV National Mid-day News. Watch our WGN-TV apperance:

- Jan 2010: Aaron Koppel Quartet’s album, “Falling Together Falling Apart” made #7 in Neil Tesser’s Top Ten Chicago Jazz Discs of 2009.
- Jan 2010: Aaron Koppel Quartet‘s album, “Falling Together Falling Apart“ made #12 in JazzChicago.net’s Top Chicago Recordings of 2009.
- Dec 2009: Aaron Koppel Quartet nominated for the 2009 Grammy nominating ballot for Best Instrumental Jazz Album "Falling Together Falling Apart"
- Oct 2007: Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards: Aaron Koppel Quartet nominated for best international jazz group and jazz song.

-Radio Play
The Aaron Koppel Quartet has been heard on over 100 radio stations including: XM/Sirius Satellite radio, WDCB 90.9 FM College of DuPage Public Radio, WNUA 95.5 FM Chicago, WXRT 93.1 FM Chicago, AccuJazz.com internet radio, KSFR Santa Fe NPR, KTEP El Paso NPR, 106.7 FM PBS Melbourne, Australia, 94.1 FM Radio 2 Skopje, Macedonia Jazz Spaces, WEFT Champaign community radio for East-Central Illinois, WRRG 88.9 FM Triton College, WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago, 181.FM, Pandora.com

The Aaron Koppel Quartet has been featured in the following publications: JazzWeekly.com, Cadence Magazine, Examiner.com, Jazzgram, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Downbeat; Jazziz, All About Jazz, JazzChicago.net, Jambands.com, Illinois Entertainer, Columbia Chronicle, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Jazzreview.com

Set List

Typical set lasts anywhere from 1/2 hour - 1 1/2 hours depending on what is required.

Set includes original Aaron Koppel compositions, and covers ranging from Radiohead and James Brown to interpretations of jazz favorites.