John Chin

John Chin has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1998 and was introduced to the piano at age four. He began studying jazz at California State University, which he attended at the age of fourteen as part of the Early Entrance Program for Gifted Students. Upon receiving his B.A. in Music at nineteen, Chin continued his musical studies at the University of North Texas, before pursuing a Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (under the tutelage of master pianist and composer Kenny Barron), and an Artist Diploma from the world-renowned Juilliard School. His extensive experience in the classroom would lay the foundation for his own pedagogy; his experience and reputation have led to teaching opportunities the world over, while helping to sustain a New York studio of his own, located in Brooklyn's history-rich Prospect Park. John has performed internationally as a leader and sideman, at many major festivals, as well as some of America's most important and storied jazz rooms. He has shared the stage with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jaimeo Brown, gregory tardy, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Chris Cheek, and Ari Hoenig, among many others. Chin is a prolific composer, drawing inspiration from the jazz, pop, and western classical traditions, with four releases as a leader to-date: 2008's Blackout Conception, 2014's piano trio recording Undercover, 2015's Songs After Hours, a collection of pieces by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, and his latest, Fifth, an evolution in his musical development

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”This CD is my definition of 'mainstream.' There's conception, ideas, horn lines, intellectual solos, feeling, interpretation as well as gainful melodic & harmonically viable improvisation contained therein. Also, may I pay tribute to Chin's composing efforts which are included which are compelling to say the least. Chin's piano delivery is stellar in that he is adept at intricate & outstanding musical contexts that relate to his sure sense of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic brinkmanship. Both John & his group are to be considered powerful, skilled, & appealingly genuine, & any recognition that this present project creates I assure my readers is fully deserved.”

George W

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

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New York Nowhere

Redefinition Music
2021

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Night at the Movies

Starr Records
2019

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Undercover

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
2015

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Blackout Conception

Fresh Sound Records
2008

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