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John Yao

Owing to his versatility as a trombonist, composer, and arranger, Yao has enjoyed a steady rise on the New York City jazz scene since arriving from his native Chicago in 2005. He has worked extensively as a sideman for such iconic bands as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, both of which have had great influence on John as artistic director, conductor and composer/arranger of the Yaozeki Big Band. Separately, his small ensemble, John Yao Quintet, released its début recording “In the Now” in April 2012 on Innova Recordings. He received his Bachelors of Music, Jazz Studies from Indiana University and his Masters of Jazz Performance/Composition from Queens College

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Jackson Heights, NY

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Manhattan School of Music, Guest Lecturer of Private Trombone Lessons, 2011-present Temple University, Guest Lecturer of Jazz Combos, Latin Ensemble and Private Trombone Lessons, 2007 - 2009 Boston University, Online Facilitator for Jazz and Pop Arranging Class, 2007 York College, York College Big Band, Blue Notes Jazz Ensemble, Summer Jazz Workshop, Adjunct Faculty – Private Trombone Lessons, 2008- present Jazz Project at Kupferberg Center Performances, Clinician for New York High Schools in Queens, 2007 – present Third Street Music Settlement, Teaching Artist, Beginning Band and Brass Instructor, New York Public Schools PS190, PS 99, TASS MS301, Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn, PS 142, 2008 – present The Dwight School, Private Trombone Lessons – 2011 - present New York Summer Music Festival, Private Trombone Lessons, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos – 2010 - present Available for private lessons by appointment, $65 per hour, one hour minimum.

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