Aaron Garner was born in Chico, Ca. He started playing viola in grade school. After trying out drums, piano and bass, he decided to focus on piano.
Aaron is mostly self-taught as a jazz pianist, but he did have a few teachers that helped him along the way. Some of Aaron’s mentors were Jerry Murphy, Frank Wasko, Joe Gilman, Jeff Pitson, Rick Helzer and Geoffrey Keezer.
Aaron started playing music professionally at 14 as a drummer in a rock band. In high school, he played drums and piano in the big band and bass in the orchestra. Eventually he gave up the drums and bass for piano.
Aaron’s education includes a BM in Jazz Studies from Sonoma State and an MM in Jazz Studies from San Diego State. He also studied classical piano with Frank Wasko at CSUS. He currently teaches full-time at San Joaquin Delta College where he teaches music theory, piano, jazz improv, and music appreciation classes.
In addition to being a full-time professor, Aaron remains active as a jazz pianist throughout Northern California. He has played with James Moody, Eddie Harris, Tim Ries, Oscar Brown Jr., John Handy, Woody Herman Band, Scott Whitfield and many others.
He lives in Northern California with his two beautiful cats.