Saxophonist, Composer, Educator

October 24, 2014: Midwest Record reviews Individuation

Midwest Record says about Individuation that it's "one of those auspicious debuts you want to get your mitts on now rather than later".

Individuation: The Video

Post-Cornelia Street


The crowd at Cornelia Street Cafe. A heartfelt THANKS to everyone who came out on October 14! You helped make this a peak artistic and personal experience for me.

Photo by Luis Ruiz (

Michael Eaton on Destiny Records

My debut recording as a leader, Individuation, is now out on Destiny Records!  It is available in digital and CD format (in a beautiful 6-panel digipack design) and can be ordered and streamed 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!

Feature article, LPS Insider

July 22, 2014: Liberty Public Schools, the school district of my alma mater, Liberty High School (in Liberty, Missouri) featured a story about my career and playing in the newest edition of their newsletter, LPS Insider.  Many thanks to David Boyce and both Cindy Svehla and Dallas Ackerman of Liberty Schools for the highlight.

Read: Living out a Dream

March 2014: Personal Mythologies EP

In March 2014, had the pleasure of recording the compositions of drummer/composer David Andrew Moore on his EP, Personal Mythologies.  The band is: David Andrew Moore (drums, compositions), Michael Eaton (tenor & soprano saxes), Sean McCluskey (keyboard), John Tate (bass), and Sofia Zaitseva (viola), with engineering by Sean Dixon.  The EP is for sale on DAM's ReverbNation page.

Personal Mythologies was reviewed by AllAboutJazz's Eyal Hareuveni, who says, "The four compositions in Personal Mythologies feature his quintet in a highly patient and respectful interplay, all based on the solid pulse of Moore, solidified by bassist John Tate and the busy electric keyboards of Sean McCluskey.  The sweet sax of Michael Eaton and the articulate viola of Sofia Zaitseva color the lyrical melodies in expressive shades."  

More about Personal Mythologies here.

Upcoming performances:


Recording Adam Minkoff's arrangement of The Rite of Spring

Bunker Studio


Playing alto saxophone in octet arrangement.



Reverse Double Clutch

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Bar Chord


free Age limit: 21+



Recording Adam Minkoff's arrangement of The Rite of Spring

Bunker Studio




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.

Age limit: All ages


Brittany Anjou's BEWAA


Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara