Aja, A Tribute to the Music of Steely Dan
Mark your calendars and get your tickets for Saturday October 28th… a special concert celebrating the music of Steely Dan at the newly renovated Memorial Hall in Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine neighborhood. The show will feature Cincinnati’s Premier Steely Dan Tribute band, AJA, along with special guests Cameron Cochran on pedal steel guitar in concert and Brian Charette (NYC) Organ Trio opening the night with some groovy organ jazz. The show is presented by Colloquy Music and co-sponsored by DHR Guitar Experience, who will have a display of fine instruments, amplifiers and more at the show. The doors open at 8:00pm and the music starts at 8:30pm. Ample parking is available in the Washington Park garage across the street from Memorial Hall. Tickets and other information are available at 513-977-8838, MemorialHallOTR.com, and Ajamusic.net.
Aja, A Tribute to the Music of Steely Dan burst on the Southwest Ohio scene in 2005 by organizing and hosting an all Steely Dan festival in Cincinnati OH featuring regional acts and a headlining set by the new band Aja with special guest Steely Dan drummer Bernard Purdie. On the heels of that performance, Aja has played many shows and developed a devoted following of Dan fans that love to dance the night away to “Reelin’ in the Years” and “My Old School” as
much as they love to sit wide eyed and smiling while listening to faithful recreations of “Caves of Altamira” and “Deacon Blues”. The magic of a group like Aja is that they combine an overwhelming collection of musical talent and skill with a tremendous reverence for the material of Steely Dan. This results in an attention to detail regarding the complex and nuanced recordings of the classic Steely Dan arrangements complemented by plenty of freedom to stretch
out and bring a personal touch to the material in a live setting. And the fans LOVE it.
The 10-piece Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio based group is comprised of professional musicians from all sides. Laying down the foundation, Adam Wheeler (Drums/vocals) and Bill Jackson (Bass) form a tight and groovy rhythm section that handles the full spectrum of Steely beats from “Bodhisattva” to “Babylon Sisters” all with swing and precision. Eric Baumgartner (Keyboards) lays down the distinct and specific harmonies of Donald Fagan with focused attention on getting the tone just right. Brad Myers (Guitar) and Marcos Sastre (Guitar) have the obvious pleasure of recreating Steely Dan’s iconic guitar parts recorded by a veritable who’s who of guitar legends all while tastefully lending their own voices to the party. Michael Mavridoglou (Trumpet) and Dwayne Irvin (Saxophone/EWI) are both highly skilled individually and a very cohesive unit that often sounds like much more than meets the eye. Rick Auhagen (Vocals) is the vocal heart of Aja and executes Donald Fagan’s deceptively difficult vocals with an effortlessness that captures the Fagan spirit without being a mimic. Aretta Baumgartner (Vocals) and Jacklyn Chitwood (Vocals) are the vocal icing on the Steely Dan cake, the Aja choir, and if you don’t “shake it” when they tell you to these “Babylon Sisters” won’t do your “Dirty Work” no more. Pulling from a list of over 30 Steely Dan classics, Aja seeks to make every show a jaw dropping, yet balanced, live musical tribute to one of the most complex, mysterious and musically interesting bands in all of Rock ‘n’ Roll history…Steely Dan. “Break out the hats and hooters” when Aja comes to town and witness Steely Dan fans of all ages, veterans and neophytes, get up
and dance to all the sounds that made Steely Dan the revered American musical treasure that it is.
“AJA has it together! If you are a fan of the music of Steely Dan, you gotta check this band out. They are tight, groovin’, on top of the material, and everyone listening (including the band) seems to be having a great time. It was a pleasure to be able to sit in with them. I look forward to the next time.”
JEFF COFFIN Saxophonist (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band)
“…Wonderful, fantastic…I have played with many of the Steely Dan tribute bands and Aja is
certainly the finest. I think they play as well or better than the Steely Dan touring groups I have
seen and heard. They have the groove, chops, feel and an obvious love for this music…This is a
must see band and you can quote me on that.” BERNARD PURDIE – Legendary Steely Dan Drummer
For Audio & Video Samples Visit www.ajamusic.net/audio-video.htm
Brian Charette – Organist
New York City organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern Jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll Rising Star: Organ award and has climbed to 4th place in The Critic’s Poll main organ category. In 2015 Brian also won The Hot House Magazine’s Fan’s Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York. His last Positone Records recording, Once and Future, reached #17 on the Jazz Week chart and was also on the Itunes new music Top 20. This Summer, Brian just released his new Circuit Bent Organ trio recording, Kürrent, featuring Ben Monder and will have a traditional Jazz organ trio release coming out on Steeplechase Records in Fall 2017.
Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has performed with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Most recently, Brian has worked with Miles Davis alumnus, George Coleman and Allman Brother’s Band Drummer, Jaimoe.