Best known for his dynamic groovy melodies and his over-the-top candy colored apparel, Aaron “Candyman” West has become a Contemporary Jazz saxophone sensation. From recordings with jazz giant Stanley Clarke and pop icon Macy Gray to lead saxophonist in NBC’s Carson Daly show band, critics and fans alike garner accolades to the most sought after saxophone entertainer of today. “An incredibly gifted musician who has the ability to combine the best of R&B, pop, neosoul and jazz “– Keaton Hoffman/ Producer. From his early days in Chicago where he played in a church choir under the direction of gospel veteran Smokie Norful, Aaron drew inspiration from the rich musical traditions of that city, including jazz, R&B and blues. He attended music school at University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University and was recognized quickly as a rising star when he arrested audiences with a compelling performance of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up” at the 2001 Chicago Blues festival. Shortly afterwards, Aaron moved to Los Angeles and caught the attention of world-renown bassist and film composer Stanley Clarke. Impressed with Aaron’s unique tenor sound, the bassist invited him to play on network television soundtracks for the HBO hit series “Soul Food” and for Warner Bros. pilot, “The Big Time”. Following, Aaron performed a series of recordings with Macy Gray including a theme soundtrack for the television hit series, “Desperate Housewives”. In 2004 Danny Masterson, actor and star of “That 70’s Show” invited Aaron to join the featured jazz night at the exclusive Los Angeles club called Guys (presently Guys & Dolls), which was voted “Best Club Night” consecutively by Los Angeles Magazine. There he performed weekly live jazz, R&B and pop sets sharing the stage with everyone from John Mayer, Roy Hargrove, Christina Aguilera, Marcus Miller, India Arie and Jodeci. Later, in 2012 Aaron delivered an all-star live performance with Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Later on, Aaron landed the coveted spot as lead saxophonist for NBC’s Carson Daly Show house band. Drawing on the influences of legends like John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Michael Brecker and Grover Washington Jr. Aaron fashions the perfect contemporary jazz sampler, and has just released his latest Contemporary Jazz sampler titled, “Say It Again”. The Eastman Nickel Tenor has superb intonation and an amazing contemporary sound. Any serious recording artist knows that it’s rare to find an instrument that captures both personality and clarity. This is clearly my saxophone of choice. “I believe that music should be fun…”, states the musician, composer and performer.
What They Play
A traditional-style professional saxophone. The ETS640 is a free-
blowing horn with a focused, big sound and precise intonation.
Solid construction with ergonomic hand position and extras such
as adjustable palm key heights.
- High F# key
- Upper and lower stack adjustment screws
- Adjustable palm key heights
- Hand-engraved neck and bell
- Double-braced low C, B, and Bb keys
- Italian leather pads
- Metal resonators
- Adjustable metal thumb hook
- Hand-hammered bell
- Blue steel springs
- CASX600T case included
- Available with no high F# option
- Available finishes:
- Rich gold lacquer
- Dark vintage lacquer
- Black nickel-plated
- Black nickel-plated with sliver-plated keys
- The black nickel plating offers a brighter sound for today's contemporary players