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John Yao
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:
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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.click here to read more
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Since moving to New York City in 2005, Asian –American trombonist, composer, arranger John Yao has been an integral member of the Jazz and Latin music scenes. Born in 1977 outside of Chicago, John began studying piano at the age of 7. As is often the case, John disliked his piano teacher and wanted to quit. So at the age of 11, after the trombone caught his attention, he made a deal with his parents to quit the piano and to play the trombone instead.

Hungry for more knowledge, John continued his study and has since received a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queen's College. During his time at Indiana University, John resumed playing the piano, which would become an important tool in the development of his composing and arranging skills. While at Queen's College, Luis Bonilla profoundly influenced John not only through their study of the trombone but as educator and a person. In his studies with Michael Mossman, John grew immensely as composer and arranger and received the Aaron Copland School of Music Jazz Award.

As a performer, John has played at many major venues including Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, Birdland and the Kennedy Center. Internationally, he has played in Japan, Italy, Austria, Peru, Brazil, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Aside from being a member of New York's hottest salsa band Chino Nunez and Friends, John has also performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill, Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Kurt Elling, Teo Macero, Diego Urcola, Ismael Miranda, Buddy DeFranco, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lou Rawls, Brooklyn Big Band, JEff Fairbanks Orchestra, Josh Shneider Orchestra and Bright Eyes.

As a composer and arranger, John has written many commissions for educational performance ensembles of all sizes ranging from big band to jazz trio. He has also written big band arrangements and original compositions for several professional bands in the New York area. Currently, John is artistic director and conductor of his own big band, Yaozeki Big Band, which has perfroming around New York City since 2010. Seperately, he has been working a small group project, the John Yao Quintet, which released its debut CD "In the Now" on Innova Recordings in April 2012. And John's most recent project is a new big band featuring all his original compositions.




[A] resourceful young trombonist whose recent debut, ‘In the Now’ (Innova), shows him to be a smart composer-bandleader besides.Nate ChinenNew York Times
In the Now ... blends vivid tunefulness, clever composition and inspired teamwork. It’s accessible, but it’s also cerebral, and there’s also considerable wit here ... Yao’s arrangements and voicings are original, imaginative and completely in the here and now.Lucid Culture
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Freedom and streamlined focus don’t often get along on jazz recordings, but when they do, it can make for an inspired outing. Trombonist John Yao managed to merge these divergent pathways into a single direction on his debut album, creating a flavorful feast for the senses. Yao’s music is teeming with danger and uncertainty ... In The Now is a solid first step that marks him as one to watch. This is compelling music that straddles down-the- middle modernism and the great beyond.Dan BilawskyAll About Jazz
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Yao ... makes an auspicious debut as a leader here ... [The group] enjoy a copasetic rapport on potent offerings like ‘Divisions,’ which shifts in and out of a churning 12/8 Afro-Caribbean groove and double-timed 4/4 swing, and the ominous, organ-fueled groover ‘Funky Sunday.’ ... ‘Not Even Close’ and ‘Pink Eye’ incorporate an insistently swinging Jazz Messengers vibe while also stepping into the free-rider zone at times, and the tempo-accelerating ‘Snafu’ may be Yao’s most original composition of the bunch. The trombonist reveals golden tones and lyrical tendencies on his stirring ballad ‘Shorter Days.’Bill MilkowskiJazz Times
The debut release from the John Yao Quintet is more than the start of an artistic odyssey for Yao. In The Now is a magnificent musical display of the passion of not just creating music in the moment but is a look at the development and application of the creative process of an incredible young talent and his horn. Sonic texture, brilliant colors and moving beyond conventional form and function with purpose and direction has In The Now as a gem for 2012 and a release one should not overlook!Brent BlackCritical Jazz
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[A]n album of intelligently constructed pieces that give his powerful quintet plenty of room to display its skills. ... The group possesses a forceful sound, giving the impression, at times, that a much bigger ensemble is at work as the band members deftly trade solos, combine and contrast lines, and shift tempos and rhythms. . . Spirited and well-executed, In the Now bristles with energy.Franz MatznerAll About Jazz
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Wow. [In the Now is] Trombonist John Yao’s debut album, and it is damn strong. Featuring Jon Irabagon on soprano, Yao weaves a deliciously textured album that seems of greater fullness than five instruments could create on their own. Songs like “Shorter Days” are just so joyful. One of those albums where there’s a lot going on, plenty of complexities, yet remains inherently listenable ... An album for old and new school jazz fans alike, and a terribly promising sign that this is Yao’s debut album. I’m already looking forward to hearing what comes next.David SumnerBird Is The Worm
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... the fifty minutes of In the Now [are] held together by a remarkable communicative power that reveals a great sense of form, dynamic balance, tonal variety, ease of performance. The quintet, guided with confidence by the young trombone player, moves confidently through the potential pitfalls of an often complex and layered piece which the leader’s skill in arrangement transforms into flowing, delightful musicVincenzo RoggeroAll About Jazz Italia
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The mix of trombone and alto make for some delicious harmonies in the front line ... these guys mix their adventurous solos with some riffs and seques that keep you hanging in there with them. Songs like ‘Divisions’ have that classic Mingusy feel where the band swings like there’s no tomorrow ... you can feel them tipping over the edge, and just never quite falling into the abyss. [F]or the more courageous swinger.George HarrisJazz Weekly
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Upcoming Performances

Saturday, December 6, 2014
John Yao Quartet
Forsest Hills Library
Forest Hills NY
John Yao, Trombone & Compositions
Randy Ingram, Piano
Pete Brendler, Bass
Shawn Baltazor, Drums



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Thursday, February 26, 2015
John Yao Quintet
Silvana
New York, NY
John Yao, Trombone & Compositions
Jon Irabagon, Saxes
Randy Ingram, Piano
Pete Brendler, Bass
Shawn Baltazor, Drums


http://silvana-nyc.com/calendar.php

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Past Performances

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Symphony Space
New York, NY
http://www.afrolatinjazz.org
Friday, November 7, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Symphony Space
New York, NY
http://www.afrolatinjazz.org
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Saturday, May 24, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Queens Botanical Garden
Flushing, NY
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Monday, April 21, 2014
Flying Dragon Orchestra
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
Friday, April 18, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument Recording Session
Systems Two
Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, April 17, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument Recording Session
Systems Two
Brooklyn, NY
Monday, April 14, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
Monday, March 31, 2014
Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
John Yao @& His 17-piece Instrument
ShapeShifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY 11215
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Douglas Street Music Collective
Brooklyn, NY
http://295douglass.org
Monday, January 13, 2014
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Jeff Fairbanks Project Hansori Big Band
Children's Museum of the Arts
New York, NY
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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover inclues $10 drrink ticket

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover inclues $10 drrink ticket

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
Monday, December 9, 2013
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Josh Shneider's Love Speaks Orchestra
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com
Monday, November 18, 2013
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
Monday, November 11, 2013
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
Friday, November 8, 2013
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Third Street Music School
New York, NY
Monday, October 28, 2013
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
Monday, October 21, 2013
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover, includes $10 drink ticket

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
Monday, October 14, 2013
Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Suggested $5 donation

http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
July 29, 2013
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Suggested $5 donation

http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
July 14, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
July 9, 2013
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Live at the Gantries - Gantry Plaza State Park
Long Island City, NY 11101
http://liveatthegantries.com
July 7, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
June 28, 2013
BMI Jazz Composers Workshop 25th Annual Concert
Christ & Saint Stephens Church
New York, NY
FREE!

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June 17, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Saint Peters Church
New York, NY
http://www.afrolatinjazz.org/index.html
June 16, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
June 13, 2013
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Douglas Street Music Collective
Brooklyn, NY
June 9, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Washington, D.C.
http://www.afrolatinjazz.org/index.html
May 19, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
$30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com
May 9, 2013
Florencia Gonzalez Candombe Project
Teraza 7
Elmhurst, NY
http://www.terrazacafe.org
April 28, 2013
Host Jam Session
Peel Fresco Music Lounge
Central, Hong Kong
http://www.peelfresco.com
April 7, 2013
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
New York, NY
http://www.birdlandjazz.com
March 26, 2013
John Yao Big Band
Greenwich Music House
New York, NY
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March 25, 2013
Jason Marshall Big Band
Smoke
New York, NY
http://www.smokejazz.com
March 7, 2013
John Yao Quintet featuing Jon Irabagon, Randy Ingram, Leon Boykins, and Will Clark
Cornelia Street Cafe
New York, NY
$20 cover

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John Yao Trio
Bar Next Door at La Lanterna
New York, NY
http://lalanternacaffe.com
December 1, 2012
John Yao Quintet
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/
Monday, November 12, 2012
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://villagevanguard.com
October 27, 2012
John Yao Quintet
Sycamore
Brooklyn, NY
http://sycamorebrooklyn.com/
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
http://www.villagevanguard.com
October 5, 2012
John Yao Quintet
Firehouse Space
Brooklyn, NY
featuring; John Yao, Trombone; Jon Irabagon, Saxes; Randy Ingram, Piano; Leon Boykins, Bass; Will Clark, Drums

http://www.thefirehousespace.org
October 1, 2013
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Villlage Vanguard
New York, NY
http://www.villagevanguard.com
September 16, 2012
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill
Birdland
New York, NY
sets at 9 and 11pm, $30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
September 9, 2012
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill
Birdland
New York, NY
sets at 9 and 11pm, $30 cover

http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
July 29, 2012
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
June 16, 2012
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland
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Teaching Credentials:


Third Street Music Settlement

2008 - Present
Faculty, Beginning Band and Brass Techniques

Queens College

2011 - Present
Guest Lecturer

Manhattan School of Music

2011 - Present
Guest Lecturer

Temple University

2007 - 2009
Guest Lecturer of Jazz and Latin Combos

New York Summer Music Festival

2010 - Present
Faculty

York College

2008 - 2012
Adjunct Faculty

Boston University

Fall 2007
Online Coordinator for Jazz and Pop Arranging Class

click here to download John's resume

Clinic and Masterclass Topics:



Trombone Masterclass

(for all brass instruments)

A thorough understanding of fundamental brass techniques, such as breathing, posture, tone, technique and style is essential to playing a brass instrument. These concepts will be demonstrated along with an approach to practicing them for all levels of experience.

Improvisation Masterclass

(for all levels)

This clinic is an open discussion of improvisation and a demonstration of how to incorporate basic musical tools and vocabulary in the context of a solo. It's focus will be on scales and chords and methods of practicing improvisation.

Big Band/Combo Masterclass


The art of playing in an ensemble is one of the more challenging yet rewarding experiences in music. Concepts discussed will include style, various rehearsal techniques, selection of repertoire, application of musical skills and understanding each individual's role not only within their specific section, but also within the entire ensemble.

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John Yao Quintet

Big Band Selections

Illumination
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Hellgate
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That's how they get you
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Where's Sepia
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Up Easy
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Out of Socket
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Other Selections

The Song is You
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John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument
Funky Sunday Part 1
The first of several clips from John Yao Quintet's CD release show May 30, 2012 at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Featuring John Yao (Trombone), Jon Irabagon (Alto Sax), Randy Ingram (Piano), Leon Boykins (Bass) and Will Clark (Drums).
Funky Sunday Part 2
Part 2 of Funky Sunday from the John Yao Quintet CD Release Show at Cornelia Street May 2012.
Snafu Part 1
Snafu is the last track from "In the Now". This first clip starts after the melody and is primarily the trombone solo.
Snafu Part 2
The second half of "Snafu" which features Jon Irabagon's solo over the B section where the band gradually speeds up and leads to a full on band freak out!

Leader

John Yao Quintet
In the Now

2012
Eight original compositions for Quintet featuring John Yao, Jon Irabagon, Randy Ingram, Leon Boykins, and Will Clark.
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John Yao Sextet
Live at the Lux Gallery

2005
Five original compositoins for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Guitar, Bass and Drums. Featuring John Yao, Dan Nicholson, Geoff Bradfield, Gary Tu, Josh and Andre Beasley

Sideman

Joshua Shneider
Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra

2013

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Jeff Fairbanks Project Hansori
Mulberry Street

2011

iTUNESAMAZON
Russ Spiegel
Transplants

2009

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Movie Soundtrack
The Hottest State

2007

iTUNESAMAZON
La Tira
La Tira

2006

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Brian O'Hern and the Model Citizens
Let's make Gravy

2003

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John Yao Quintet


The John Yao Quintet is based in New York City and has been together since 2010. The group performs Yao's unique original compositions which range from hard-hitting, aggressive and experimental jazz to ballads that exude passion, tenderness and understanding.

The quintet features Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Randy Ingram on piano, Leon Boykins on bass, and Will Clark on drums.

The John Yao Quintet has been actively performing around New York City and plans on recording again in 2013.

John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument


Comprised of NYC's finest jazz musicians, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument has been active on the scene since the Spring of 2013. Led by Trombonist, composer and conductor John Yao, the 17-piece ensemble features Yao's compositions, which explore form and structure while combining serial and 12-tone techniques with swing, latin and funk grooves. Yao seeks to stretch the limits of big band jazz all while staying connected to traditional big band style.

The band recorded in the Spring of 2014 and plans to release their CD in the Spring of 2015.










Feelin' LuckyBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 4 Rhythm)This bluesy groovin shuffle is a great workout for the entire band and features classic big band interplay between the brass and saxes. The 16-bar form serves as a great vehicle for the beginner/intermediate improvisor and features a bluesy, soulful melody. The brass soli between solos in the baritone sax and trumpet is followed by an exhilarating shout chorus. A great chart for working on swing rhythms, style and ensemble playing. 5 saxes (no doubles), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythm. Top note for Trumpet is a written Bb above the staff and Trombone is A4. Medium.
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Gettin' the Good NewsBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 4 Rhythm)Commissioned by Anthony Mazzochi for the Marine Park Junior High Jazz Ensemble in Brooklyn, NY, this is an excellent chart for beginning jazz ensembles. It features funky boogaloo feel with a simple melody and modern colorful harmonies over an extended blues form. Following the solos is a breakdown section beginning with rhythm section and baritone sax and building into a full band shout. 5 saxes (no doubles), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythm. Top note for Trumpet is G above staff and Trombone is G4. Easy, medium level.
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Whatever's AroundBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 4 Rhythm)Modern post-bop style composition based on the progression of I Got Rhythm. The bop styled melody is a great workout for the saxophone section and is followed by an open solo section. A unison soli section highlights the brass on weaving melodic lines and shapes over a colorful reharmonization of the A sections. 5 saxes (no doubles), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythm. Top note for Trumpet is one high D and Trombone is Ab4. Difficult.
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Out of SocketBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)Composed and arranged by John Yao for the Yaozeki Big Band, this medium swing chart features the band grooving and hitting hard. There's a lot of room for blowing with solos in the Alto Sax, Trombone and Trumpet. The simple melody presented in the beginning by the brass returns at the end of the chart, but this time in the saxes and over a 5/4 funky boogaloo groove. Following the statement of the melody, the 3 soloists return together before the band roars to its final climax.
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There Will Never Be Another YouBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)This hard swiging arrangment was written as a tribute to Jim Warrick of New Trier High School for his retirement concert. It is written in the style of the Basie band and features solos from the Piano, Trumpet, Tenor Sax, and Trombone. The chart climaxes on a roaring shout chorus that allows space for the drums. No doubles, Trumpet Range Eb6.
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Up EasyBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)Commissioned by Luis Bonilla of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, this chart is a medium swinging blues with a vamp arranged in a modern big band jazz style. The angular melody is first stated by the Trombone and Tenor Saxes. In the second statement, the melody is modified in several ways and spread throughout the entire ensemble. Solos from the Trombone and Tenor Sax, broken up by a shout chorus, are followed by a unison trombone soli that will give the trombones a workout.
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That's How They Get YouBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)Commissioned by Luis Bonilla of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, this contemporary latin jazz chart uses a Rumba/Guaguanco groove over an open E minor vamp along with changes from Coltrane's "Countdown". The extended introduction really gives the band a chance to shine before the melody enters. The solos in the Trombone and Tenor Sax are followed by a tutti section featuring the band in tight ensemble passages. A dense and colorful shout chorus sends the drums into an open solo. The restatement of the the theme brings the conclusion of the chart which is deceptive and humorous.
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Where's SepiaBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)Commissioned by Luis Bonilla of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, this modern latin arrangement uses two sections to convey two contrasting moods. The first section uses a dark, mysterious vamp with colorful brass textures to feature the piano. An abrupt transition sends the band into a hard latin groove where the Soprano Sax, Trumpet and Trombone trade solos. The chart concludes with the band roaring on a mambo section followed by a drum solo.
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Tell Me a Bedtime StoryBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)This medium straight 8th groove chart features the Flugelhorn on Herbie Hancock's classic tune. The melody stated by the Flugelhorn is supported by colorful textures in the brass and saxes. After the solos from the Flugelhorn and piano, this soft-spoken chart is energized by a double time vamp providing more solo space for the flugelhorn and eventually building to the climax of the chart. No doubles, Trumpet range Db6.
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Madame TolouseBig Band (5 Saxes, 8 Brass, 3 Rhythm)Arranged for the Yaozeki Big band, this funky 2nd line chart features the Tenor Sax on Brecker's altered 12 bar blues for with a lot of solo space for the Tenor as well as solos from the Trombone and/or Baritone Sax. The ensemble is featured on a shout section followed by a mixed meter vamp that gives more solo room for the Tenor Sax. As the vamp coninues, the ensemble enters in layers eventually returning to the melody. No doubles, Trumpet range D6.
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