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Aidan Carroll Shares His Vision

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Aidan Carroll hit me up on social media about promoting his debut album “Original Vision.” Through conversation I found out we know some of the same people, but what I didn’t know was how many nuggets of wisdom he would share with me in this conversation. He shares his journey from Oklahoma to New York, as well accompanist to artist. “Original Vision” will be available everywhere on March 3rd.

What was your family life like, and what were your experiences growing up in Oklahoma?
Part of the reason I got started in music was that my mother was a classical pianist and professional musician at OCU (Oklahoma City University). My dad dabbled with music and played it on the side, and was more self taught than she was. There was always music on at the house and I was drawn to it at a young age.

When I was very young I had sort of a vision/feeling that I would play music for the rest of my life. It was kind of this thing I knew and felt. At age ten, I got a snare drum and a few years later my parents bought a drum set. I started with the drums, even though my mom tried to get me to play piano.

My family was very supportive. I started going to private school and I felt like a lot of the kids I went to school with had traditional and conservative families. As I got older, I felt fortunate that my parents were supportive of artistic things. My dad is really interesting because he was a priest until I was twelve, then he became a psychotherapist full time. He was also a carpenter that built houses, built cars, and had an insane library. My parents were a big influence on me. My mom’s a great teacher, she’s still teaching at OCU.

From there, I switched schools and attended Classen (High School of Advanced Studies), which is where I met Adam & Kizzie. At the time I was still doing drums/percussion. I started a band with friends, got into Rock & Roll, was a band/percussion major, and had a very great first mentor at the school in Professor Al Jernigan. He was a big figure. He was a hardcore disciplinarian type teacher, but once I got into jazz band in bass he really started supporting me. He started showing me records and I was a sponge. I kept developing. That’s childhood to high school.

After graduating from high school, was your immediate action to move to New York?
I thought about New York and I auditioned to Eastman School and got accepted. However, I also auditioned for UCO and received a full ride scholarship. I completed my undergraduate at UCO first. I was a classical major but my feet were heavy in the jazz side. I loved the freedom of improvising and jazz is such an infinite study. When I graduated from UCO I was ready to go.

Those years at UCO were very formative for me. I was able to play at the Jazz Lab all the time with a big band and small group. I got to play with Jeremy Thomas, Mitch Bell, Willie Peterson. Jeremy’s brother was the choir director for the Gospel Choir and Lee Rucker was my mentor and trumpet player and he taught me jazz standards.