NYC based big band John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument presents the music of two composers with connections to Hong Kong: John Yao and Patrick Lui. Composer Patrick Lui is based in Hong Kong and founded the 5422 Collective, which feature his colorful compositions and arrangements. For over a decade, John Yao’s adept talent as a trombonist, composer and arranger have helped cement his place on the New York City jazz scene. Yao’s father was born in Guangzhou, China and many of his family reside in Hong Kong where Yao and Lui met several years ago. Their shared passion for big band composing and arranging unites them for this unique collaboration. Yao’s large ensemble, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument is one of New York's premier large ensembles and is the vehicle for this project. The JY-17 have performed around New York city for the last 5 years and in 2015 released "Flip-flop" on See Tao recordings. The Midwest Record says "A must set for big band fans that want to hear something that take the form into the future, this blows the ears open in a mighty way.”
Collective 3-horn project with Jimmy Smith (Tpt), James Hughes (Saxes) and Detroit's finest rhythm section players town. Featuring compositions by Smith, Hughes and Yao.
Featured guest artist with NEIU Jazz Ensemble featuring big band arrangements by Yao and more.