May 24, 2017What the press is saying about "Presence""Progressive stuff for progressive ears, Yao is on a collision course to meet tomorrow head on but the crash won't be a mess. Check it out if this is up your alley."
-Midwest Record, Chris Spector,
"New York jazz trombonist, continuing his dual approach of post-bop and lounge with one half-lidded eye toward prog ."
- Hippopress.com, Eric Saeger
"Adventurous, searching and yet accessible."
- Jazz Weekly, George Harris
“Such good music, such strong compositions, such a good ensemble, "Presence"
has all the ingredients to please and challenge an active listener. “
- Stem Tempest, Richard Kamins
"Yao’s extremely vocal, groaning trombone lines are frequently surprising."
- Stereogum.com, Phil Freeman
To read more of what people have been saying about the album click on the about tab below and and then the press button in the upper right hand corner.
May 23, 2017"Presence" now available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby"Presence" is my third release as a leader and is now available for purchase. All of the music was written during the difficult time when I suddenly lost one of my best friends. This recording was made in his honr. We recently had our CD Release performance at Birdland and have several new gigs in the works. You can purchase "Presence" by clicking on the link below. Hope you enjoy it!click here to read more
March 19, 2017New Release "Presence" available May 1stI'm very happy to announce that my new Quintet release "Presence" availalbe on May 1st. I couldn't be happier with the recording and thrilled to be joined by Jon Irabagon, Randy Ingram, Peter Brendler and Shawn Baltazor. We have several performances scheduled this spring including the City Center Jazz Festival and our CD Release at Birdland on May 11. Check out the link below for a quick taste.
January 9, 20172017 UpdateHappy new year! 2016 was a really exciting year with regular performances by the JY-17 at the Shapeshifter Lab and Greenwich Music House as well as the JYQ performance at Birdland. 2017 is shaping up to be another great year with the upcoming release of my new Quintet album in the Spring. I'm also very excited about several other projects in the works including JY-17 new works, a Jazz Etude Book and some guest lecturer teaching at Temple University and Queens College. Also excited to be a guest artist at SUNY Binghamton in April and for several performances/clinics planned in Hong Kong. Please check out the calendar to keep up to date with upcoming performances.
October 31, 2016Fall 2016 NewsIt's been a busy few months leading up to the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series 3rd concert last week and JYQ show at Birdland earlier in the month. Both performances were a big sucess and thanks to all of you who came out and supported. I hope to bring the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series back in the Spring of 2017 and will now focus on my the release of the next JYQ record set for early 2017.
The next coming months are jam packed with peformances and two recording sessions in the same week. I hope you can join me at one of the shows on the calendar. I'm thrilled to playing as a sideman for a bunch of really great bands.
I will be sharing audio and video of the JY-17 Concert in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned. Hope to catch you at a gig coming up soon.
July 10, 20162016 Summer & Fall NewsAfter wrapping up a busy year of teaching, it's really nice to get back to playing and writing music everyday. It's been a busy summer so far with several excitiing upcoming gigs including next week's last of a six-month JY-17 residency at the ShapeShifter Lab. August has several John Yao Quintet performances including a return to the Live at the Gantries series on 8/9.
In the Fall, the JYQ is thrilled to announce that we will be performing at Birdland on Ocotber 13.th and the upcoming JYQ record is in the works with plans to release it early 2017 so stay tuned. And on October 27th, the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series returns for Vol. 3 at the Greenwich Music House. This performance will feature the premiere of several new compositions for John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument.
For more details about upcoming performances, click on the link below.
February 22, 2016Upcoming 2016 DatesI'm very happy to share that the JY-17 has established a monthly residency at the ShapeShifter Lab on the second Tuesday of the month (with one exception in April). We had our first concert earlier this month with a great crowd. Each concert will feature an opening band led by a JY-17 member.
In addition to the JY-17 @ the Lab Residency, I'm thrilled to announce the upcoming dates for the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series on April 27 and October 27 of 2016. These concerts will feature the premiere of new works written specifically for the JY-17.
For all the info on these upcoming dates, click the link below or got the calendar section of my website.click here to read more
January 17, 2016Happy 2016!Happy new year! 2015 was a really great year and I'm looking forward to another great year. The Big Band & Beyond Concert Series had our first concert in December and has two more concerts planned for 2016. The final dates are still in the works and you'll be the first to know! I'm also thrilled to share that the JY-17 will begin a monthly residency at the ShapeShifter Lab next month on the second Tuesday of the month. And last, I've added a bunch of new dates for upcoming performances so check out the calendar section to keep up to date.
December 14, 2015Big Band & Beyond Concert SeriesThe first concert of the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series was last week and it was a big success!! We had a great turnout and the band sounded great. We premiered three new works all of which went really well.
A week prior to the inaugural concert, I was guest on WKCR's "Jazz Alternatives" hosted by Sharif Abdus-Salaam. We talked about "Flip-Flop" and the upcoming concert. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.click here to read more
October 24, 2015KICKSTARTER MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!On Wednesday October 21st, the campaign ended and we crushed our initial goal of $10K to the tune of $11,141 which doesn't include several mailed in checks that brings our grand total up to $12K!!
I'm eternally grateful and honored to all those who supported the campaign and looking forward to the first concert on December 10th at the Greenwich Music House. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2016 dates!
P.S. If you want to hear more about the music on the record and the Kickstarter Campaign, you click below to listen to my interview with Carl of the Daily Music Break.
September 18, 2015JY-17 Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE!!I'm really excited about my Kickstarter campaign to help fund a three-concert series for John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument over the 2015-16 year and want to invite you to check out my kickstarter page. Click on the link below to find out more:
September 14, 2015Kickstarter Campaign Lanunch THIS WEEKJohn Yao & His 17-piece Instrument will launch a Kickstarter to fund a three-concert series throughout 2015-16 at the Greenwich Music House. For each concert I will compose two new works written specifically for JY-17 to be premiered at each concert. The Kickstarter will start this week and run for 30 days . As soon as it is live, I will share the link for you to find out more info and hopefully donate to the cause.
July 31, 2015FREE DOWNLOAD BONUS TRACK"Flip-Flop" ran out of space for "Up Easy" on the CD so I'm sharing it with you all here as a bonus track download . My arraangement of Luis Bonilla's "Up Easy" features Luis as well as David Smith and Vince Cherico. To downlaod the free track, click on the link below.click here to read more June 10, 2015"Flip-Flop" CD Release ShowNext week is the John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument "Flip-Flop" CD release show at Shapeshifter Lab. We'll be playing all the music from the record. and with almost the entire band from the album. Please come and join us! Details at the link below.click here to read more May 27, 2015JYQ and JY-17 shows next monthThe next few weeks are going to a blast and a whirlwind all at once starting with the Jazz Composers Showcase at the Jazz Gallery on May 28. I'm thrilled to work with this excellent band and to be featured with fellow composers Nathan Parker Smith and Tom Erickson. The John Yao Quintet is back in action starting with a show at IBeam on May 31st, Cornelia Street Cafe on June 2 and then into the studio to record on June 5th. All of this wraps up with the CD release show for "Flip-Flop" on See Tao Recordings on June 17th at the Shapeshifter Lab. Check the calendar link below to get all the details.click here to read more
April 22, 2015Flip-Flop CD ReleaseAfter almost a year from when we were in the studio, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument will be releasing "Flip-Flop" on See Tao Recordings in early June. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to share this project with you and hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we did creating it. We have a CD Release party planned on June 17th at the Shapeshifter Lab as well as several other exciting shows coming up this summer and fall.
January 17, 2015Busy start to 2015After a relaxing holiday season, 2015 is kicking off as a very busy year. At the end of January, two of my arrangements of Lionel Louke's tunes will be premeired at Symphony Space by the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Early in February, the 17-piece instrument will be performing at the Shapeshifter Lab. Valentine's day weekend, I'll be back home playing with the 4 Swingin' Bones at Andy's and at the end of February the John Yao Quintet will be a Silvana. All of this and the upcoming release of the JY-17 CD this sping make for a busy start to the year. Click on the calendar link below for the details.click here to read more
November 6, 2014Antonio Sanchez w/ALJO & PremiereHi Friends,
I'm thrilled to join the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra this weekend at Symphony Space with guest artist Antonio Sanchez. Arturo commissioned me to arrange Antonio's piece, "Challenge within" for the band. We've been rehearsing the piece for the last few days and today Antonio came in a tore it up! I'm so psyched for this weekend's concert and hope you can join us. The link below is below:
October 22, 2014NewsThe next few weeks will be action packed. Starting with next week 10/28, the 17-piece Instrument will play as part of Big Band Night @ Shapeshifter Lab. We are excited to share the night with the Hyeson Big Band. Check out the calender for more info.
The forthcoming JY-17 album is in the mixing and editing stage right now and all is going well. I can't wait to share the final mixes with you all.
I've been commissioned by Arturo O'Farrill to arrange a piece for the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. The piece will be premiered at the upcoming Symphony Space performances on November 7 and 8.
I hope you will join me for some of the exciting upcoming events.
October 3, 2014October 3rd updateTomorrow I will be returning to the studio in Brooklyn to mix and edit the upcoming JY-17 recording. Currently I'm about 1/3 done with the mixing and editing stage of the recording. I'm so happy with things have turned out so far and can't wait to share the final project with all of you.
August 11, 2014Video of JY-17I'm happy to share a short video of the band at the Tea Lounge from the spring. Click on the link below to check it out.
June 3, 2014Band of BonesMy friend Dave Chamberlin recently released his second album, Band of Bones "Caravan." The group has 8 trombones and rhythm section and features some of NYC's finest trombone players. I've been lucky enough to play with the band many times and when Dave asked me to arrange a "Mr. Johnson" and "Lament" for the band I was thrilled. Click on the link below to hear them.click here to read more
April 25, 2014JY-17 RecordingLast week, my big band, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument, went into the studio and recorded 10 tracks. We've been working on this music for over the last year and and it's great to have it culminate in a recording. I couldn't be more thrilled with the all the takes we got. Thank you so much to all the cats in the band for playing your butts off, I am honored to have you bring my music to life. Stay tuned for news regarding the release date.
March 28, 2014John Yao & His 17-piece InstrumentMarch and April of 2014 are big months for my big band project, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument. After just completing our show at the ShapeShifter Lab on March 25th, we are looking forwad to the April 14th at the Tea Lounge. Following this performance, we will be going into the studio on April 17 and 18 to record all of the compositions we've been working out over the last year. Stay tuned for details on how you can be a part of this project.
March 10, 2014Band of Bones ArrangementsI'm really happy to share that my friend Dave Chamberlin's group, Band of Bones, is preparing to release it's latest CD. Dave commissioned me to write several arrangements, "Lament" and "Mr. Johnson" for the record and I had a blast working on these arrangements. Dave got a great write up from Gary Walker at WGBO, check out the link below.
January 20, 2014John Yao & 17-piece Instrument2014 is proving to be a really big year for my newest project, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument. We kicked off the year as part of the Size Matters Series at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn and have several performances coming up including a double bill at the Douglass Street Music Collective on February 11tth and a return to the TL on April 14, the week we will record our debut album! Check my calendar for details of upcoming performances.
November 23, 2013CD Release for Joshua ShneiderI'm thrilled to share that my colleague Joshua Shneider has released his big band record "The Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra" on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground record label. I'm honored to be part of this band. We had a great time in the studio making this album of all original big band music. I've learned so much being a part of this project, congrats to you Josh! I'm sharing a link bleow for you to check out and purchase, this record comes highly recommended!click here to read more
October 12, 2013Upcoming gigs in OctoberLooking forward to playing with some great bands this week. Sunday night I'll be at Birdland with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and Monday I'm playing at the Tea Lounge with Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra. Both wiil be excellent bands and great music so come on out if you're free. More details in the calendar section of my site.
July 23, 2013JY-17 @ Tea Lounge on July 29thNext week the 17-piece Instrument will be at the Tea Lounge as part of the Monday night "Size Matters" Series. I'm thrilled to be joined by a lot of the same players from the Gantries gig as well as some new ones. I'm also premiering a new piece and looking forward to that as well. Hope you can make it out.click here to read more July 7, 2013JY-17 Gig at the Gantries in LICMy new group John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument has two performances this month. First is a FREE outdoor performance next week in Long Island City at the Gantry Plaza on Tuesday July 9th. On Monday July 29th, we will be returning to the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn as part of the Size Matters Series. Click the link below for details of next week's gig.click here to read more June 18, 2013BMI Concert June 28, 2013At the end of June, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop will have it's end of the year concert featuring selected pieces from this year's workshop. I'm very proud to have my composition "Reflection" be selected as part of this year's concert. The concert on Friday will feature a great band playing all original big band works and it's FREE! Click on the link below for all the details.click here to read more June 8, 2013John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument next week!Next week my new group is sharing a double bill with Robert Sabin & Decimatio at the Douglas Street Music Collective in Brooklyn. I thrilled to have NYC's finest musicians bring my compositions to life. We will be performing all my compositions, including some brand new pieces. Hope to see some of you there!click here to read more
May 17, 2013Arrangement premiere w/ALJO @ BirdlandLast weekend at Birdland Jazz club, the Grammy award winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill debuted my arrangement of "Solar". The chart was written with this band in mind and it was a thrill to hear it performed live in person. Thanks to Arturo for the great opportunity and to the band for sight-reading so well!
April 28, 2013Hong KongI just returned from a trip abroad where I hosted a Jam Session in Hong Kong at Peel Fresco. My father was born in Macau and a lot of his brothers and sisters are in Hong Kong, so it was a great experience to play for all of them. Thanks to all the musicians at the jam session, it was a blast!
April 20, 2013New big band charts publishedI'm happy to share that several of my original big band compositions have been published by Walrus Music. Several of these charts have are being played by the Jason Marshall Big band which plays at Smoke every other Monday. These charts are available for purchase at the link below.click here to read more
March 26, 2013New Big Band ProjectI'm thrilled to announce my new big band project will be performing this month. tThis project has been in the works for a while and will feature all NY's finest musicians performing my original compositions. We hope you can make it out for our inaugural performance.
March 7, 2013John Yao Quintet @ Cornelia StreetThe John Yao Quintet returns to Cornelia Street to premiere a set of all new music. IIt was great to get to play with the guys again and to try out some new music. We hope to record again some time in 2014. You can hear some of the performance by clicking the link below and going to the John Yao Quintet section.click here to read more
February 27, 2013Band of BonesThis month featured two performances of the Band of Bones, a group that I write arrangements for and perform with as well. At the annual J.J. Johnson Tribute concert, my arrangements of "Flat Black" and "Mr. Johnson" were performed . At the end of the month it was really fun to play with the B.O.B. at the Zinc bar where we also performed my arrangement of J.J.'s "Lament".
January 28, 2013New Big Band CompositionThe month of January was focused on composing a new piece for the BMI Workshop reading session at the end of the month. The workshop has been a really great experience and has exposed me to several new techniques for composition. One of those new techniques is the concept of Pitch Class sets, where you choose 3-4 notes and derive material based on the relation between those 3-4 notes. You can listen to the new compositon entitled "Ode to the Last Twinkie" in the big band selections section.click here to read more September 13, 2012Jazz Times'I'm really happy to share a great review from Jazz Times' Bill Milkowski. It's a thrill to be part of such a great publication. The Quintet has several gigs coming up in October and we're excited to be back out and playing. We'll be playing at the Firehouse Space on Oct. 5th and at the Sycamore on Oct. 27th. Here's the link to the review:click here to read more
September 10, 2012BMI Jazz Composers WorkshopI'm happy the share that I will be participating in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop this year. I'm looking fowrard to getting to work with Jim McNeely, Mike Holober and the other composers in the workshop. In other news, the Quintet has some new shows booked in October and December. Check out my calendar for more info. Hope to see you there!
August 5, 2012Review in Lucid CultureJuly was a busy month and August is shaping up to be one too. I'm working on writing some new big band music as well as some new music for the quintet. We have a few gigs coming up in the fall so please stay tuned. In the meantime, here's a really great review from a blog called Lucid culture.click here to read more July 20, 2012Gapplegate Music ReviewI just returned from a great 3 weeks up at the New York Summer Music Festival. It was great working with such great students and an amazing facutly. The Quintet got a really great review from the Gapplegate Blog., hope you enjoy.click here to read more June 4, 2012FREE MP3I'm thrilled that the John Yao Quintet is featured on AllAboutJazz.com as part of the FREE MP3 Download of the day. Click on the link below to get your FREE download.click here to read more