Aidan Plank

Aidan A. Plank

School of Music
Instructor - Jazz Bass
Office Location:
E109 Center for the Performing Arts
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Aidan Plank is a bassist living in Northern Ohio. He currently serves as bassist for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and JazzWorks, and plays in a duo with the guitarist Daniel Lippel. Plank’s own ensemble, Pulse, explores original compositions by its members as well as a diverse range of music composed by both well-known and obscure jazz composers.

As an educator, Plank serves as the jazz bass instructor at Kent State University and at Cuyahoga County Community College’s JazzFest Academy. He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator at the Maplerock Jazz Festival (2016) at Ashland University and at the Lakeland Jazz Festival (2018) at Lakeland Community College.

Performance highlights include performances with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, David Berkman, Tim Armacost, Tierney Sutton, Vanessa Rubin, Gerald Clayton, John Fedchock, Bill Dobbins, Bruce Johnstone, Joe Maneri, Steve Davis, Jamey Haddad, Michael Philip Mossman, Carl Allen, Randall Woolf, Terence Blanchard, The Cleveland Orchestra, Judi Silvano, Bruce Arnold, and others.

Plank was featured on NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” radio show on its May 16, 2019, broadcast “Cleveland’s Joe Lovano Comes Home”.

Plank has performed at Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, The Knitting Factory (NYC), Spectrum NYC, Elastic Arts (Chicago), and Blossom Music Center.

He is a graduate of Cleveland State University.

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