The Michael Eaton Quartet is heading to the Midwest for an early 2015 tour.  We'll visit Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Bloomington (Indiana) on the way!  If you're in one of those cities, come say hello, check out the music of Individuation live, and pick up a copy of the disc.  For more information, scroll to the bottom for upcoming gig dates.

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.

December 9, 2014: Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange reviews Individuation

Individuation received a noteworthy review from Mark S. Tucker of Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange, who writes "[Eaton displays] both the lyricality and outside edginess Liebman has always been prized for".  

Fellow Destiny Records artist Brad Whiteley's amazing versatility gets a nod, as he writes, "Brad Whiteley also shines, and I'm damned if I can place his influences, as the guy changes up all the time, from seriality to jagged contours to flowing improv, even trotting out some Cageian prepared piano."

Jon Crowley is singled out for high praise, observing:

"What most strikes me, however, is the interplay between Eaton and trumpeter Crowley, who gets only three cuts in but is dynamite every time he pops up, maintaining a strikingly dynamic melodic tension/harmony with the sax, Me, But Not Myself, a killer example, [is] my favorite cut. The song goes on for 10-1/2 glorious minutes and would very much fit in the jazzier domains of the aforementioned prog world and its fusion offshoots."

Tucker finally cites the continuing richness of David Liebman's playing: "If recent CDs with him elsewhere haven't quite shown it fully...I don't know what the hell y'all are missing, but Dave's in extremely fine fettle, every micron as good as his decades earlier ECM work."

December 4, 2014: The Creative Sound on SoulandJazz.com features Alter Ego

Individuation received more radio play, this time from Dr. Brad Stone (fellow Indiana University alum), who featured "Alter Ego" on his program The Creative Source for SoulandJazz.com!  The Creative Source features new music and releases from progressive jazz and jazz fusion artists, and this week's show featured contemporary improvisers like Miguel Zenon, Jonathan Kreisberg, Holly Hoffmann, and Richard Galliano.

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


Robert Ashley's Perfect Lives

Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Super excited to join Dorian Wallace, David Kulma, Lathan Hardy, and more musicians to perform Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives" improvised opera.

This occasion marks an historic first: this is the first complete performance of the opera. All previous performances were partial.

Age limit: All ages

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The Machine plays with Alabama Symphony

Birmingham, AL


A special concert performing music by Pink Floyd (including songs from Dark Side of the Moon) with The Machine and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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Michael Eaton Quartet

Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113


We're thrilled for our first performance at Cleveland's historic Bop Stop, doing two sets of original music.

Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing original music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

$10 Age limit: All ages

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Michael Eaton Quartet

Jerry's, 1938 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622


Part of the Eyes & Ears concert series, sharing a bill with the Benjamin Scholz's Elek-tet.

Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing original music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

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Michael Eaton Quartet

Bear's Place, 1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401


Performing on the Jazz Fables Concert Series. A preconcert interview will take place on WFIU-FM at 3:30pm EST, with host David Brent Johnson.

Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

Age limit: 21+



Michael Eaton Quartet

Hi Hat Club, 1920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613


Excited to debut at Chicago's new Hi Hat Club.

Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

$10 Age limit: 21+



Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara

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


70's Miles/downtown jazz/funk/free/fusion, led by Adam Minkoff.

Adam Minkoff - bass Michael Eaton - tenor saxophone Dan Brantigan - trumpet Brittany Anjou - keyboard Nick Anderson - drums




Triple Bill: Rite of Spring Octet + Brittany Anjou's BEWAA + Michael Eaton Quartet

Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


I'm extremely pleased to announce a triple bill with three great ensembles: 1) The Rite of Spring Octet, Igor's Stravinsky arranged by Adam Minkoff, featuring: Adam Minkoff- electric bass Dan Brantigan - trumpet Michael Eaton - alto sax Matt Thomas - tenor sax Kevin Moehringer - trombone Nick Oddy - guitar Brad Whiteley - keyboard, organ Nick Anderson - drums 2) Brittany Anjou's BEWAA performs her original music inspired by Ghanaian xylophone music and jazz 3) Michael Eaton Quartet performs my original compositions inspired by modern jazz, Stravinsky, and classical minimalism



Brittany Anjou's BEWAA


Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara