Aram Shelton Quartet

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The Aram Shelton Quartet plays creative jazz music inspired by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.  In this quartet, Shelton is joined by Chicagoans Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Tim Daisy on drums.
Shelton’s compositions for the group feature strong melodies and inventive forms. “Everything forSomebody”, their sophomore album, features six compositions that place the players in familiar and challenging territory, with an eye towards exploring the many pairings available through solos, duos, trios and the full quartet. All four members contribute narrative solos to this album, displaying their individual styles while making a collective music that is joyful, energetic, raw and poignant.

In their debut album “These Times”, Shelton plays equal amounts of alto saxophone & clarinet, approaching each distinctly while displaying both the large and subtle differences of the instruments. Jackson contributes on tenor saxophone with a full sound and unique approach to the utilization of extended techniques. Hatwich’s bass playing grounds the music and drives it in a compelling way, while Marc Riordan’s drums serve as backbone to the rhythmic aspects and a frame to the open sections.

“Everything for Somebody” and “These Times” are available directly through Singlespeed Music, the Jazz Record Mart in Chicago, the Downtown Music Gallery in NYC, and Wayside Distribution.


Aram Shelton’s writing and playing has been documented through more than a dozen albums since 2003. Shelton lived in Chicago from 1999 to 2005 and currently lives in Oakland, California where he leads Ton Trio and Marches, and organizes the Active Music Series. Recently he’s performed in California, New York and Berlin with the likes of Larry Ochs, Kjell Nordeson, Kyle Bruckmann, Tony Buck, James Fei, Stratic, Josh Berman, Magda Mayas, Jason Ajemian, Tomas Fujiwara, and the Oakland Active Orchestra.

Keefe Jackson is a Chicago saxophonist, clarinetist, improvisor, and composer. He arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayetteville, Arkansas. He performs regularly with many musicians including Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Guillermo Gregorio, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Jason Stein, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Rosaly, and Marc Unternaehrer in groups such as the Fast Citizens, Chicago Luzern Exchange, and his own Project Project. As an improvisor he has also played with Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Michiel Braam, and Anthony Coleman. Recordings are available on Delmark and Clean Feed Records.

Bassist Anton Hatwich has made Chicago his home since 2003. He performs regularly in the city in addition to recording and touring nationally and internationally. His list of collaborators includes some of the most active members of the creative improvised music community: Josh Berman, Frank Rosaly, Nick Mazzarella, Marc Riordan, Paul Giallorenzo, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeb Bishop, Kyle Bruckmann, and Jason Adasciewicz. Current projects and working bands include The Fast Citizens, Josh Berman’s Old Idea, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, Nick Mazzarella Trio, Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack, Nick Broste Trio, and Paul Giallorenzo’s Get In to Go Out.

Tim Daisy has been an active member of Chicago’s creative music scene since moving there in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city’s celebrated musicians and ensembles. Along with performing percussion duties in internationally acclaimed bands including the Vandermark 5, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, and The Engines, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his own groups as well as contributing to a number of collaborative ensembles including chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film.