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.
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.click here to read more
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!click here to read more
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.
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.click here to read more
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.click here to read more
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.
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.
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