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John Yao and His 17 Piece Instrument

John Yao and His 17 Piece Instrument

John Yao- Trombone, conductor, composer
For over thirteen years, John Yao has been honing his talents as a trombonist, composer and arranger, and cementing his place on the New York City jazz scene. Yao’s lyrical soloing and expressive, round tone, combined with his relentless drive to push the boundaries of harmony and rhythm, have established him as a unique and forward-thinking jazz talent.All About Jazz calls Yao“an evolving artist who continues to grow at a rapid pace.”Masterfully leading and composing the music for both his large and small ensemble, Yao has released four albums as a leader. The first was John Yao Quintet’s debut album In the Now followed by Presence in 2017.In between, Yao released his first triumphant big band album Flip Flop with John Yao and His17-piece Instrument in 2015.  John Yao’s Triceratops recent album How We Do has been called “complex, modernistic and updated, full of counterpoint, it’s very accessible and so much fun” by HotHouse Jazz.  As a trombonist, Yao has worked extensively as a sideman for Grammy-award winning NewYork City ensembles, such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with such esteemed musicians as Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Chris Potter and Kurt Elling, among many others.As a composer, Yao is staff arranger for the JMI Jazz World Orchestra, and he’s been commissioned by Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia and numerous other ensembles both educational and professional. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty at Molloy College and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
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