March 6, Firehouse Space: Brittany Anjou BEWAA + Michael Eaton Quartet


Friday, March 6! A double bill with Brittany Anjou's BEWAA and the Michael Eaton Quartet performing music from Individuation!

246 Frost St, Brooklyn @ the Firehouse Space, 7-9:30pm. $10 cover.


A HUGE THANKS to everyone who came out to see our performances this past week!  Having your support and energy was crucial for our success.  We saw friends, family, mentors, and jazz fans at the Bop Stop, Jerry's, Westport Coffee House, Bear's Place, and the High Hat Club.  It was a special treat to perform the music of Individuation five days in a row.  Every new set was a chance for adventure and discovery.   Thanks to Gabe Pollack at the Bop Stop, Benjamin Scholz and his Elec Tet, Cindy Svehla, Tom Ptacek at Westport Coffee House, David Miller at Bear's Place, Rob Ambrose, Joel and Alice Kelsey, Pete Wiegand, and to all our friends and IU alumni who gave us their time and attention.

Some photos of our sets are posted below.  

Neon Jazz with Joe Dimino

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with DJ and radio broadcaster Joe Dimino, for his show Neon Jazz.  We had a great time discussing my roots in Kansas City, my influences, what it's like to live in New York as a Midwest transplant, and much more.

Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christoper in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday Mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. Listen to KCXL on Tunein Radio at For all things Neon Jazz, visit

February 12, 2015: Recording music for PBS's School Sleuth

I had a blast recording some saxophone tracks at Bass Hit Studios with Kelsey Jillette (voice), Brad Whiteley (piano), Scott Colberg (bass), and Jay Sawyer (drums).  The music included an original standard-type of tune composed by Kelsey and Brad, as well as incidental music for scenes and montages in a quasi-film noir vein.  You can hear us in an upcoming documentary on PBS called "School Sleuth" which will be broadcast nationally. 

Review from Jazz Weekly

Jazz Weekly's George W. Harris reviewed Individuation.  He writes, "'Guru' includes some searing blowing by the leader. Impressive and clever post bop material here."

January 20 NYC Shrine Performance featured in Hot House Magazine, Nastos votes for Individuation in NPR 2014 Critics Poll

My quartet returns with our first gig of 2015!  Our January 20 show at The Shrine is profiled in the January edition of Hot House Magazine, available at news stands in New York City as well as area jazz venues.  Michael G. Nastos (All Music Guide, DownBeat, Cadence, Swing Journal) included Individuation in his top 25 albums of 2014 and also voted the album as his choice for "Best Debut" in the 2014 NPR Critics Poll for jazz. 

He writes in Hot House:

"Since collaborating with mentor David Liebman, Eaton is now doing his own original compositions and sounds like a darker, ebony-toned version of Liebman. Based on the release of his debut recording for the Destiny label, Individuation, Eaton's music has taken off."

Joining my quartet will be Jon Crowley (trumpet) and Dorian Wallace (piano).  The Michael Eaton Quartet performs two sets from 6-8pm, and l will join Dorian Wallace and the Free Sound Ahn-Somble directly after, performing from 8-10pm.


Reviews from Ragazzi, Something Else!, and Music Zoom

Individuation continues to receive press. 

Volkmar Mantei from Ragazzi Music says, "The entire work is intensely thought out and perfectly produced....Fabulous!  74:59 minutes of music that are worth every second."

S. Victor Aaron of Something Else! webzine, who included Individuation in his Top Unreviewed Albums of 2014, writes:
"Here’s another astonishingly ambitious debut, this time by saxophonist and composer Michael Eaton.  With trumpeter Jon Crowley on some tracks and mentor Dave Liebman on others, Eaton combines sophisticated modern jazz principles with minimalism and West African conventions. He even had Brad Whiteley play a prepared piano for some tracks. The results aren’t nearly as convoluted as it sounds - the performances on 'Individuation' come off like well-oiled machinery."

Vittorio Lo Conte of Music Zoom calls the album "a great debut album of a saxophonist and a quartet who seem to have all it takes to get noticed in the world of contemporary jazz.."".

WDEE-TV picks Individuation as a Top 25 CD of 2014

Critic Michael G. Nastos picked Individuation as one of the top 25 releases of 2014.  He discusses me and the recording on WDEE-TV (around the 15:30 mark) and plays a bit of "Prickly"; watch here.

November 16, 2014: Interview and feature on The Jazz Hole, BreakThru Radio

Saxophonist and clarinetist Linus Wyrsch interviewed me and played some music from Individuation on his BreakThru Radio show, The Jazz Hole.  We discussed the making of the album, as well as working with Dave Liebman, my association with Destiny Records, the meaning of individuation, and more.

November 14 & 15: The Rite of Spring with Adam Minkoff


This past week concluded with recording Adam Minkoff's arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for octet (alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, organ/keyboard, electric bass, and drumset). All in all, the process took about 16 hours, with more to go on organ, bass, guitar, and drums. Performing the Rite in May 2013 at Rockwood Music Hall was a peak musical experiences, and it opened up new musical vistas for me.

Individuation: The Video

Michael Eaton on Destiny Records

My debut recording as a leader, Individuation, is now out on Destiny Records!  The album is available in digital and CD format (in a beautiful 6-panel digipack design), and it can be ordered and streamed in its entirety at the Destiny Records website. You can also purchase and listen through digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon.

The album features all my original compositions, with my working band: Brad Whiteley (piano), Daniel Ori (bass), and Shareef Taher (drums), plus friends Jon Crowley (trumpet) and Scott Colberg (bass), and a very special guest, master musician David Liebman (soprano and tenor saxophones).

For more information about my previous recording projects as a co-leader or sideman, visit my Music page.

Photo by Luis Ruiz, Larufoto.


Photo by Luiz Ruiz, Larufoto.


Preparing the piano for the title track, "Individuation". Photo by Luis Ruiz, Larufoto.

In September, Adam Minkoff and I co-wrote and recorded a track for East London Radio's funky new theme song (click on player above).  Lots of fun!

Upcoming performances:


Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara

Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, 196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002


Playing Adam Minkoff's original music, a fusion of 70s Miles, 80s downtown, Henry Cow meets Frank Zappa, avant garde rock, funk, and much more.

Featuring Adam Minkoff (bass), Michael Eaton (tenor sax), Dan Brantigan (trumpet), Nick Anderson (drums), and more TBA.

free Age limit: 21+



Brittany Anjou's BEWAA + Michael Eaton Quartet

Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


I'm extremely pleased to announce a double bill with two great bands: 1) Brittany Anjou's BEWAA performs her original music inspired by Ghanaian xylophone music and jazz 2) Michael Eaton Quartet performs my original compositions inspired by modern jazz and classical minimalism

Doors open at 7pm BEWAA 7:30pm / ME4 8:30pm



Brittany Anjou's BEWAA


Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara