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Jinjoo Yoo

Instrument: Piano | Location: New York City

A truly wonderful pianist. Jinjoo brings a uniquely fresh, honest and personal approach to both her playing and her compositions. She really swings and tells a story!
—Neal Miner, Bassist

Updated: August 23, 2018

Born: April 15, 1989

”I LOVE her playing and compositions!!! I hear Thelonious, Bud, John Lewis from her. Jinjoo does not show off. She tells a lot of big story with fewer notes, than most young artists of her age!” -Jimmy Wormworth

“A truly wonderful pianist. Jinjoo brings a uniquely fresh, honest and personal approach to both her playing and her compositions. She really swings and tells a story!” -Neal Miner

Jazz Pianist/Composer/Arranger Jinjoo Yoo is a charismatic performer with a unique voice. Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, Jinjoo currently resides in New York and collaborates with different projects and leads her own group as well. As a leader and a solo performer, she has toured internationally, including performances in the United States, Italy, Greece, Azerbaijan, and South Korea. In 2017, she was selected as one of the finalists for the Baku Jazz Competition. 

Enjoying singing and playing instruments from her youth, Jazz captured her attention soon after starting University in South Korea. It didn't take long for her to fall in love with Mary Lou Williams, Wynton Kelly, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, Art Tatum, Jimmy Rowles, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and so on. Since then, she has immersed herself in the music by listening to jazz legends' albums, studying music harmony and theory by herself. Although she was studying Sociology and Economics in her undergraduate years, she found herself more interested in Jazz rather than her major. After her graduation, she decided to focus on jazz more deeply in New York. In 2015, Jinjoo was accepted at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and earned Master's degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College in 2017.

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“…Her music is unhackneyed, melodic, welcoming. She spins out long graceful lines that aren’t four-bar modules copied from other pianists. She has her own voice, or I should say, “voices.” The performances often begin with a simple melodic motif set over a clear, swinging rhythmic foundation . . . and they transparently show off her curiosity. …”

“…It’s clear that she has steeped herself in the jazz tradition — reaching far and wide to include bebop, Jimmy Rowles, Ellington, Monk, and American popular song at its best — but she is herself. …..”

– Michael Steinman,

“……One of the most listenable albums I’ve heard in many a turntable revolution! Although very bop-influenced in her solos, Jinjoo is able to spread her fingers across many genres, Bud Powell or Mel Powell, she takes them all in her stride…..”

– Lance Liddle,

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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