Join us at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, as we celebrate all things jazz during the month of April. Kicking things off is prolific Calgary guitarist Aaron Young!
While you're here, check out the latest exhibitions at Studio Bell including Showcase: Guitars and the recently revamped Canadian Music Hall of Fame honouring 2023 inductees, Nickelback.
About Aaron Young:
By the time Aaron Young was just 23 years old, he had already produced, arranged and performed on over 15 albums. It was clear that music wasn’t going to be in his future, it was going to be his future. With eclectic influences ranging from Lenny Breau, Jim Croce, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Danny Gatton, Bruce Cockburn, Randy Rhodes, Glenn Campbell, Eddie Van Halen, Muddy Waters, Pat Metheny, and countless more, Young went on to perform in the world-beat stage show Barrage for 5 years, touring Asia, Scandanavia, the UK, Canada and the US.
You may have even seen the odd glimpse of his work on PBS, CBC, MTV, Bravo and the BBC. In the last 30 years Young has produced and/or played on over 180 albums and played on over 7500 live stage performances spanning across the globe.
Over the years he has continued to hone and shape his brilliant guitar skills and prolific song writing, evolving into the well-known and well-respected artist that he is today. To date he has lent his skills as Producer and Guitarist to such groups as Barrage( The World on Stage), Sillan & Young, The Polyjesters, Simon Fisk, John Wort Hannam, , Tyler Hornby, Brent Tyler, The Mocking Shadows, Jory Kinjo, Sykamore, Susan Aglkark, KellyLee Evans, Amy Bishop, Blake Reid Band, No Roads In documentary, The Blackbelts and Ghostboy. Aaron’s latest solo endeavor brings together his true prowess as a world class guitarist and singer songwriter. In the spirit of a true entertainer, Young’s solo show inspires flavors of Tommy Emmanuel’s guitar genius and throw backs to the singer songwriter greats of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s all the way to present day. His live show is truly next level entertainment.
Backbeat provides regular weekend activations for families, children, and general visitors of all ages, including pop-up music performances, hands-on activities, presentations from community partners, and more.