Aaron Prado: Jazz Pianist
Pianist Aaron Ellington Prado was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He began classical piano at age seven and formal jazz study in high school before heading to New York City to attend Columbia University. He received his BA Degree in philosophy and was student director and regular program host on WKCR 89.9FM, Columbia's famous jazz station. After returning to San Antonio in 2001, Aaron immersed himself in the local music scene, joining the Regency Jazz Band in 2004 and performing with several popular Swing Bands. Aaron accepted the position of Music Director at KRTU 91.7 FM and hosted the acclaimed educational program "Lunch Feature with Aaron Prado". In the spring of 2005, Mr. Prado joined vocalist José Rubén De León and bassist George Prado in the critically acclaimed production of Simplemente Lara, a musical tribute to one of México's most celebrated composers, Agustín Lara.
In 2011 Aaron completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at New York University. While in the Big Apple he taught jazz history at the Lincoln Center and performed at premier jazz venues like the Blue Note and the Jazz Gallery. In addition, he recorded a CD and toured Peru with the band; an Afro Peruvian ensemble named Chilcano. The summer of 2011 put another feather in Aaron's cap when commissioned by KRTU to compose the "San Antonio Jazz Suite", an ambitious 50 minute piece scored for a 16-piece jazz big band. The Suite was performed October 23rd in the Sunken Garden Theater to kick-off the official "Year in Jazz."