...an evolving artist who continues to grow at a rapid pace.
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Welcome to Johnyao.com.  For over a decade, John Yao’s talent as a trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator has cemented his place on the New York City jazz scene.  This site provides information about his upcoming performances, both of his working bands, his album releases, and updates on current and future projects.  

Enjoy the site. Enjoy the music. Stay tuned for more...

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Announcing Monthly Residency at Terraza 7 Cafe

John Yao will be leading and performing with fellow artists in a variety of curated ensembles every 3rd Wednesday of the month from August through December.

August 16: John Yao Quintet featuring Josh Lawrence (Trumpet), Mike Eckroth (Piano), Edward Perez (Bass), Chris Smith (Drums)

Check back for the line-up on these dates:

September 20

October 11 (exception: 2nd Tuesday of the month)

November 15

December 20

 

Additional Performances:

August 23 - Lawn Boys @ American Beauty

September 28 - John Yao Quintet @ Silvana

October 14 - 23 - John Yao Hong Kong Tour with 5422 Collective

 
John Yao Quintet CD Release show for Presence at Birdland featuring: John Yao, trombone; Billy Drewes, soprano sax; Randy Ingram, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Tom Rainey, drums.

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NEW ALBUM, PRESENCE, NOW AVAILABLE

Yao’s most searching release to date, the album is marked by greater openness and ensemble elasticity” - Jeff Potter, Downbeat

"...it gives one hope in the face of tragedy, inspiring us to continue to move forward.” - Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

John Yao, Trombone & Compositions / Jon Irabagon, Soprano & Sopranino Saxes / Randy Ingram, Piano & Rhoades / Peter Brendler, Bass / Shawn Baltazor, Drums

 

THIS AIN'T YOUR GRANDPAPPY'S BIG BAND

“Flip-Flop showcased Yao’s unpredictable compositions and inventive arrangements, which spring from tradition while pointing towards future portals.” - Jeff Potter, Downbeat

"While Yao’s style is not retro, he knows where the music has been and has a developing vision of where he wants to take it.” - Barry Bassis, Epoch Times

John Yao / John O'Gallager / Alejandro Aviles / Rich Perry / Jon Irabagon / Frank Basile / John Walsh / Jason Wiseman / David Smith / Andy Gravish / Luis Bonilla / Matt McDonald / Tokunouri Kajiwara / Jennifer Wharton / Jesse Stacken / Robert Sabin / Vince Cherico

 

2012 DEBUT ALBUM IN THE NOW

"A resourceful young trombonist whose recent debut, In the Now (Innova) shows him to be a smart- composer bandleader besides.” - Nate Chinen, New York Times

John Yao, Trombone & Compositions / Jon Irabagon, Alto & Soprano Saxes / Randy Ingram, Piano & Rhoades / Leon Boykins, Bass / Will Clark, Drums

 

JOHN YAO ON STRAIGHT, NO CHASER -  A Jazz Podcast

Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, host Jeffrey Siegel speaks with John Yao about the role of the Trombone and his recent release Presence.

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PUBLISHED CHARTS

Much of the music John Yao has composed and arranged for his big band, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument, along with commissioned works are readily available. Additional arrangements are also available for younger, developing ensembles written to challenge and inspire them to new heights.  

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CLINICS, MASTERCLASS, COMMISSIONS

John has two decades of experience as a professional performer, composer, arranger to pass on to a High School or College/University Music Program.  Whether your big band needs help getting to the next level, a masterclass on improvisation or a chart composed for your big band, John is available to discuss what fits your programs needs best.  

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LESSONS

John is available for private Trombone Lessons along with composition and arranging lessons.  Whether you are located in the NYC Tristate area or you live on a different continent, John is available for private instruction in person or via Skype. Lessons will be tailored to inspire your growth as a performer or composer.  

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