New album

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How We Do: New Album coming out next month

I'm very excited to announce the release of John Yao's Triceratops new album "How We Do" on See Tao Recordings out on October 18, 2019. I'm extremely proud of this album and honored to be joined by a killer band comprised of Billy Drewes (Alto & Soprano Sax), Jon Irabagon (Tenor Sax), Peter Brendler (Bass) and Mark Ferber (Drums).

Here’s what the press is saying about How We Do:

“John Yao’s Triceratops is a three-horned marvel of musical wit and wonder. How We Do is a sharp statement brimming with excitement and surprise. This is one strong and wily beast of a band.”
- Dan Bilawsky, Jazz Journalist Jazz Times, All About Jazz, JAZZed

“Yao's line up meets the challenge of composing and arranging for a horn-only quintet with aplomb. The music swings, lopes and races forward. All five of the bandmembers share command of their instruments and a likeminded sense of joy that makes the album feel like an amusement park ride: energetic, exciting, yet safe.“ 
- Franz A. Matzner, All About Jazz

"A wonderful racket that neither requires a space craft or a trip to the church basement to enjoy, envelopes are pushed nicely here and a good time is on tap for all jazz progressives.”

- Chris Spector, Midwest Record

. . a tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist.
— New York Music Daily

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...

WATCH

TWO SHOWS NEXT MONTH IN CELEBRATION OF MY NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE ON OCTOBER 18, 2019

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TERRAZA 7 JAM SESSION by co-hosted JOHN YAO & PETER BRENDLER

Yao co-hosts 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!

 

 
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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

SEPTEMBER 9 - Vanguard Jazz Orchestra a Village Vanguard

SEPTEMBER 11 - TR7 Jam Session at Terraza 7

SEPTEMBER 19 - Manuel Valera Big Band at Terraza 7

SEPTEMBER 25 - TR7 Jam Session at Terraza 7

OCTOBER 9 - TR7 Jam Session at Terraza 7

OCTOBER 23 - John Yao’s Triceratops “How We Do” CD Celebration at TR7 Jam Session

OCTOBER 31 - John Yao’s Triceratops “How We Do” CD Release Show at Nublu Classic

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Listen

 

LATEST RECORDINGS

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.

LEARN

PUBLISHED CHARTS

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.  

LESSONS

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. 

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