Stemming from a musical family Aaron began playing the Alto Saxophone at an early age and after finishing high school went on to study Jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music during which time he made the switch to the Tenor Saxophone. Studying with Col Loughnan, John Hoffman, Tony Buchanan and James Ryan he quickly developed a high level of craftsmanship on the Tenor Saxophone.
In 1999 Aaron moved to Sydney and has since become one of the busiest and most in-demand Saxophone players on the scene today. Tenor Saxophonist Aaron Michael has performed with an array of artists that includes international touring acts such as The Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power, Michael Bolton, Tony Hadley, Go West and ABC. Local artists include James Morrison, Dan Barnett, David Campbell, Phil Emmanuel, Katie Noonan, Wendy Mathews, Sydney All-Star Big Band and many more.
While being highly in demand as a session musician, he has also recorded two albums with the legendary Australian singer Jeff Duff. Aaron helped produce the singers show “Ground Control to Frank Sinatra” which sold out three shows at the Sydney Opera House Studio and headlined the Adelaide cabaret festival and toured extensively throughout Australia over a period of four years.
In February 2012 Aaron and fellow Saxophonist James Ryan formed the 13 piece Sonic Mayhem Orchestra. Comprised of some of the best Jazz musicians in the country SMO has already played over 20 performances.
November 2012 saw the release of his first solo album. Simply titled “Aaron Michael” this debut album features a line-up of some of Sydney’s finest musicians; Matt McMahon (piano), Paul Derricott (drums), Duncan Brown (bass) and Dieter Kleemann (guitar). The album was featured as 89.7fm Eastside Radio’s ‘album of the week’