RIP Aaron Martin (1948-2021)

Alto saxophonist Aaron Martin, a longtime presence in the Washington DC free jazz community, died Thursday. Martin’s was a forceful voice that in recent years could be heard in such ensembles as Ed Ricart’s New Atlantis Octet and the Trio OOO with bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Sam Lohman. Martin was known for an often intense, free style of playing that built extensive thickets of sound out of brief, repeated motifs and melodic fragments. He was 73 years old.