Aaron Holthus is a bassist and musician currently residing in Boston, MA. Holthus gains momentum constantly as a young artist, garnering praise and respect from peers and mentors as well as accolades from leading jazz institutions. He worked as a highly sought-after sideman in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in recent years, also co-leading Oak Trio with drummer John Sturino and pianist Ben McDonald. Oak Trio is based in Denton, TX, tours across the Midwest, and will release its first album, Liminality, on March 2nd, 2018. In the summer of 2017, Holthus was invited to attend the prestigious Ravinia-Steans Music Institute, a workshop for promising young jazz composers/performers. At Ravinia, Holthus had the opportunity to study with jazz legends Rufus Reid, Billy Childs, and Nathan Davis.
Holthus is working toward a M.M. in Contemporary Performance at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute with Danilo Perez and an impressive array of faculty including John Patitucci, Mike Pope, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and George Garzone among others. The Global Jazz Institute is an elite, intensive program which awards full-tuition grants to all participants who in turn must complete a Master’s degree in just one year. More information on the program can be found here.
Holthus previously graduated with honors from the University of North Texas with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, also being named the single “Outstanding Undergraduate in Jazz Studies” by the faculty there. During his time at North Texas, Holthus studied bass privately with Lynn Seaton and played in the Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band under Jay Saunders. As a member of the band, Holthus played and taught locally and across Australia before recording one of the long line of acclaimed One O’clock albums, Lab 2016. While at UNT and with the One O’clock, Holthus performed with Danilo Perez, James Morrison, Dennis Mackrel, Mike Moreno, Chris McQueen, and many other renowned musicians.