Aaron Holthus is a bassist and musician in Brooklyn, NY. He is co-leader of Oak Trio and founder of Tasting Notes, a project bringing together musicians and culinary artists for unprecedented collaborations. Holthus constantly gains momentum as a young artist, performing and teaching around the world in festivals like Generations in Jazz (Australia), the Athens Jazz Festival, Chile Jazz por la Paz, the Panama Percussion Festival, FiJazz Costa Rica, and others. Holthus’ first album as a leader was Oak Trio’s Liminality, released in March of 2018, to be followed by the first release from Tasting Notes--Coffee Songs: Vol 1, an EP of original compositions by Holthus based on single-origin coffees from around the world.
Holthus has performed with notable musicians such as Esperanza Spalding, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Mike Moreno, James Morrison, Chris McQueen, Dennis Mackrel, Ron Savage, Marco Pignataro, and many others. He is a member of the Kalesma project, which partners with Kivotos Tou Kosmou (Ark of the World), a charitable organization for children in Athens, Greece to provide music education to underserved kids in the community, as well as a graduate of Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute, which gave him the opportunity to perform and teach internationally and in the Boston area.
Since he started his musical career in Kansas City, Holthus has been consistently recognized as a rising star. He was the Kansas all-state jazz bassist in high school, honored by the faculty at his alma mater the University of North Texas as the single “Outstanding Undergraduate in Jazz Studies,” invited to the Ravinia-Steans jazz composer/performer residency, and awarded full scholarship both for his master’s degree at Berklee College of Music and his undergraduate at North Texas. Holthus was a member of the 7-time Grammy nominated One O'clock Lab Band at North Texas and can be heard on its album Lab 2016.
Holthus is also an accomplished clinician and educator, giving masterclasses at the Escuela Moderna de Música y Danza in Chile, the Danilo Perez Foundation in Panama, the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, James Morrison Academy, and middle and high schools across the US. He teaches private lessons locally in New York City and online via video.
Tasting Notes is a project founded by bassist and composer Aaron Holthus with a unique focus--original music inspired by the sensation of taste and the experiences of food and drink. Fostering and originating food-based music projects like Holthus' Coffee Songs: Vol 1 is the aim of the project along with organizing and curating excellent live culinary and musical experiences. Tasting Notes recognizes that like great music, work in the culinary industry is often so creative, refined and simply brilliant that it rises to the level of high art. Tasting Notes searches for commonalities between the people and the practices in these two fields. To keep up with releases and news from Tasting Notes, subscribe: