Upcoming shows: Rockwood Music Hall, 5/27 and Shapeshifter Lab 6/8


Join me and Adam Minkoff as we present John Coltrane's "Ascension" at Shapeshifter Lab on Monday, June 8, at 7pm!

I have two upcoming NYC performances to announce!

The first is a double bill at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1 on Wednesday, May 27.  I will be playing in Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara at 11pm, and the Michael Eaton Quartet with special guest Brittany Anjou plays at midnight.  Come out and support creative music direct from NYC!

The second very special event is a celebration of John Coltrane's Ascension at Shapeshifter Lab on Monday, May 8 at 7pm!  The last time I performed Ascension was in 2006 in Bloomington, Indiana, and it was a peak artistic experience.  Adam Minkoff and I have assembled a stellar band of improvisers for this occasion, including Michael Attias, Daniel Carter, Anthony Coleman, James Brandon Lewis, Jonathan Finlayson, Graham Haynes, Calvin Weston, and more!  This is a very special one time performance you will not want to miss!

Video: Firehouse Space with Michael Eaton Quartet

March 2015: AllAboutJazz's Dan Bilawsky and Benjamin Scholz review Individuation

Individuation received two reviews in AllAboutJazz recently.  Writer Dan Bilawsky delivers an insightful review:.  

Describing the music as "a program of distinctive originals," he praises the contributions of each band member, singling out Brad Whiteley's role in the musical architecture.  Special guest David Liebman "brings a characteristic sense of urgency to the music", but Liebman also "brings out the best in Eaton, as the younger player works and succeeds at holding his own against the veteran."  Bilawsky concludes that Individuation is "an auspicious debut that marks Eaton as one to watch".

Drummer/percussionist Benjamin Scholz also weighed in on the album:

"Even though the music on this album took months to complete, the material pops in a fresh and lively way without sounding over-rehearsed."


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 http://tunein.com/radio/Neon-Jazz-With-Joe-Dimino-p381685/. For all things Neon Jazz, visit http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/

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. 

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.


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.

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:


Vaalbara + Michael Eaton Quartet double bill!

Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002


A special double bill featuring Adam Minkoff's band Vaalbara at 11pm, then the Michael Eaton Quartet at midnight!

Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxophones Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums + special guest: Brittany Anjou, vibes



Michael Eaton Organ Trio

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Why Not Jazz Cafe, 14 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014


Performing original music by Eaton as well as standards, Blue Note classics, and more.


Michael Eaton - saxophones Brad Whiteley - organ Shareef Taher - drums



John Coltrane's Ascension

Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215


Michael Eaton and Adam Minkoff present the music of Ascension, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of John Coltrane's landmark album.

The band features:

Tenor saxophones: Michael Eaton Sean Sonderegger James Brandon Lewis

Alto saxophones: Michael Attias Daniel Carter

Baritone saxophone: Briggan Krauss

Trumpets: Dan Brantigan Jonathan Finlayson Graham Haynes

Keyboard: Anthony Coleman

Guitar: Ava Mendoza

Electric bass: Adam Minkoff

Drums: Calvin Weston Nick Anderson

$15 Age limit: All ages

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Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St #2, New York, NY 10002


The trio returns! Performing a set of free improvisations at Spectrum NYC.

Michael Eaton - saxophones Adam Minkoff - baritone guitar Nick Anderson - drums

Age limit: All ages




Bar Chord, 1008 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn


Part of the "Free Standards" series curated by Nicolas Letman Burtinovic. Performing in trio with Nicolas Letman Burtinvoic and Gernot Bernroider. First set is the trio, and second set is a jam session.

free Age limit: 21+


Brittany Anjou's BEWAA

Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara