Born: June 11, 1978 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Guitarist Jean Oh was born in Seoul, Korea and began playing music at the age of 13. He began studying music formally at Seoul Jazz Academy, a school that was renowned for the best faculty in Korea. He soon began playing gigs. After several years of playing with many different bands around town, He realized that he needs different experience. This led him to Paris, a cultural heart of Europe. He studied jazz with Misja Fitzerald Michel, Sylvain Beof, Bernard Maury, Joe Malcolm, Emil Spanyl and Frederic Favarel. And he performed in various clubs such as 'Studio des Illettes', 'Caveau des Oubliettes' and 'La Fontaine'. After graduating music conservatory, he quickly moved to New York City to attend New York University where he obtain master’s degree. During his two years at NYU, he studied with Ralph Alessi, George Garzone, John Scofield, and Gil Goldstein. He also attended School of Improvisation Music. At SIM, he studied with Steve Coleman, Mark Helias, Uri Caine, David Binney, and Bily Hart. He played many different gigs, working his way into the New York Jazz scene. Since the beginning of his professional career, he has played on several commercially released recordings and toured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, South America, Philippine, Russia. He has had many opportunities to share the stage with George Garzone, John Lockwood, Jeff Hirshfield, Billy Drummond, Ralph Alessi, Ron McClure, Mike Richmond. And he played at various places such as '169Bar', 'Swing 46', 'Milagro Theater', 'The Grind', 'Charlie's Den'. Recently, Jean has released his first album, “Invisible Worth”, featuring George Garzone, John Lockwood, and Jeff Hirshfield. And he is pushing himself to have his voice defined in music, both as a sideman and as a band leader.