Aaron Shapiro grew up in a musical family. Both of his grandparents were singers at The Old Town School of Folk Music and his uncle was a rock drummer. Early in his young career he was chosen from a national pool of musicians to perform with The Grammy Jazz Ensemble, where he shared the stage with Esperanza Spaulding and recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Aaron was also featured on CBS reporter Harry Porterfield’s weekly news series “Someone You Should Know”.
Over 10 years ago Aaron began performing and touring with EveryPeople Workshop, a Chicago based collective of jazz musicians including saxophonists Chris Madsen, Nick Mazzarella and trumpeter Marquis Hill. With EveryPeople Workshop, Aaron debuted his big band compositions at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago and recorded three albums.
Since 2015 he has performed at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and recorded with The Eternals, a band described by Pitchfork as “a seamless blending of dub, funk and punk”. In 2017 he performed before a speech made by President Barack Obama at the Stony Island Arts Bank.
Currently Aaron leads a trio featuring Hammond B-3 and drums that spotlights his original compositions.