Welcome to JOHNYAO.COM. Fueled by his passion, talent and relentlessly hard work, John Yao has spent more than a decade cementing his place on the New York City jazz scene as a trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator. 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...
TERRAZA 7 JAM SESSION by co-hosted JOHN YAO & PETER BRENDLER
Beginning in May, Yao will be co-hosting a monthly jam session with bassist Peter Brendler on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The house band featuring NYC’s finest musicians, will play an opening set and then invite performers to play. The jam session is open to all performers, please join us and bring your horn!
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
MAY 8 - TR7 Jam Session at Terraza 7
MAY 22 - TR7 Jam Session at Terraza 7
MAY 23 - Manuel Valera Big Band at Terraza 7
JUNE 19-22 - Yao Smith Hughes Sextet THE GATES
CD Release at Dirty Dog, Detroit MI
Below are recent recordings that I played on and composed and/or arranged in 2018. Hope you enjoy!
2017 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
BIG BAND WITH A MODERN SWING—THIS AIN’TCHUR 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, Compositions, Conductor, Trombone | Saxes: John O'Gallager | Alejandro Aviles | Rich Perry | Jon Irabagon | Frank Basile | Trumpets: John Walsh | Jason Wiseman | David Smith | Andy Gravish | Trombones: Luis Bonilla | Matt McDonald | Tokunouri Kajiwara | Jennifer Wharton | Rhythm Section: Jesse Stacken | Robert Sabin | Vince Cherico
2012 DEBUT ALBUM IN THE NOW
"... 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 FEATURED ON STRAIGHT, NO CHASER - A Jazz Podcast
Winner of the 2017 Jazz Times Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, host Jeffrey Siegel speaks with John Yao about the role of the Trombone and his recent release Presence.
Much of the music John Yao has composed is readily available, including commissioned works. This included original compositions and arrangements. Additional arrangements are also available for younger, developing ensembles intended to challenge and inspire them to new heights.
CLINICS, MASTERCLASS, COMMISSIONS
John has two decades of experience as a professional performer, composer, arranger to pass on to a high-school or university- level music program. Whether your big band needs help getting to the next skill level, a masterclass on improvisation or a chart composed for your big band, John is available to discuss and meet your program needs.
Yao is available for private trombone lessons as well as composing and arranging lessons. Whether you are located in the NYC Tristate area or you live on a different continent, Yao provides private instruction in-person or via Skype. Lessons will be tailored to inspire your growth as a performer or a composer.