Owing to his versatility as a trombonist, composer, and arranger, John Yao has enjoyed a steady rise on the New York City jazz scene since arriving from his native Chicago in 2005. As a trombonist, he has worked extensively as a sideman for Grammy-award winning ensembles such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O’Farrill, and has performed with the Smoke Big Band, Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra among others. |
Yao is the leader of two working bands, John Yao Quintet and John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument. The Quintet released its début recording "In the Now" on Innova Recordings and recently recorded their second album scheduled for release in early 2016. In June 2015, the big band project, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument, released “Flip-Flop” on See Tao Recording.
Yao serves as artistic director, conductor and performer and featuring all his original compositions and arrangements for both projects. As a composer/arranger, Yao has been commissioned to write for professional and educational ensembles including 2015 Grammy-award winner Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O’Farrill. Based in Jackson Heights, Queens Yao strives to stretch the limits of Jazz, while staying firmly connected to its tradition and history.
Music aside, you have to love the name of this band: John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument. Now there’s confidence with a capital C! Yao, a New York City-based trombonist who arrived there from his native Chicago more than a decade ago, has more recently turned his hand to composing and arranging. Yao writes with the group dynamic in mind, one result of which is Flip-Flop, an adventurous big-band debut on which Yao’s all-star "Instrument" performs his elaborate charts with panache and precision.