Jinjoo Yoo Trio + 1 at the Birdland (April 17)

Jazz pianist Jinjoo Yoo is bringing her drum-less trio back to the Birdland Jazz Club on April 17th(5:30-7:00pm). Her trio is featuring an ever-swinging rhythm section: Kihong Jang on guitar, and Chris Haney on Bass. As a special guest, Jinjoo invited bass clarinetist Stefano Doglioni whose dexterity in music and imaginative improvisation immediately captures people’s ears upon listening.

The band presents Jinjoo’s recent compositions as well as her arrangements on jazz classics including compositions of Elmo Hope, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker.

“I’m Curious, her debut EP, shows her breadth as a straight-ahead stylist and though there are strong allusions to key elements and players of the mainstream tradition, she doesn’t exactly sound like anyone else.”

– Tom Greenland, “The New York City Jazz Record”


Ticket is available here: https://birdlandjazz.com/event/jinjoo-yoo-trio/

Upcoming(Mar 15th): Jinjoo Yoo Trio @Birdland

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Jinjoo Yoo Trio with Kihong Jang and Jamale Davis


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Doors: 9 PM / Show: 9:45 PM

$20.00 – $30.00 

Ticket Link: (https://www.birdlandjazz.com/e/jinjoo-yoo-trio-with-kihong-jang-and-jamale-davis-87454399463/)

Join us at the Birdland Theater for the Jinjoo Yoo Trio

“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 (Legendary Drummer)

Jazz Pianist/Composer/Arranger Jinjoo Yoo is a dynamic 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 or a sideman, she has toured/performed internationally, including performances in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Spain, Poland, Hungary, and South Korea.

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.

Jinjoo stylistically encompasses the range from Jazz Classic and the American songbook to original compositions that are played with swinging intuition. Jinjoo thinks that her music should be able to describe this world, either beautiful or ugly, and the way she feels while observing it. Her original tunes bring stories and emotions of curiosity, joyfulness, tragedy, gratitude, melancholy, and pain.

She recently released her Debut Album (Gut String Records, 2018) as a leader, where she presented her point of view on music. This album features Neal Miner, one of the most sought-after bassists in New York Jazz Scene, and the legendary drummer Jimmy Wormworth that has a long history and playing credentials with a host of historic jazz figures.

Reviewing Jinjoo’s Music, Michael Steinman said in his blog ,

“…She can be tender, ruminative, but she can also create vivid joyous dances: songs that call out for lyrics. Her playing is spare but I never felt it to be sparse, the sonic equivalent of a large room with one canvas chair against the wall. No, her single notes seem just right – percussive commentary when needed, lyrical otherwise, and her harmonies are lovely, neither formulaic nor jarring….”

Jinjoo has performed at prestigious venues in New York such as Birdland Theater, Smalls Jazz Club, National Sawdust, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Bonafide, Shapeshifter Lab, LeFrak Concert Hall, St Peter’s Church, Swing 46, Russian Samovar, The Museum of Art and Origins, and Gin Fizz to name a few.

In Europe (UK/ Poland/ Hungary/ Greece/ Italy/ Spain), Jinjoo has performed at Pizza Express Live(London/Birmingham/Maidstone), Splash Point Jazz Club(Brighton), Chesterfield Jazz Club(Chesterfield), Scarborough Jazz Club(Scarborough), Cafe Jazz(Cardiff), Wigan Jazz Club(Wigan), Zeffirellis(Ambleside), 12 on 14 Jazz Club(Warsaw, Poland), Piec Art Club(Krakow, Poland), IF Jazz Club(Budapest, Hungary). Afrikana Jazz Club(Athens), Jazz Point(Athens), Spiti Art Bar(Athens), Club GROOVE: Promoted by Pozzuoli Jazz Festival(Naples), Club NEVER MIND(Naples), Nova Jazz Cava(Barcelona), Campari Milano(Barcelona), Marula Club(Barcelona), and El Plaza Jazz Club(Madrid) to name but a few.

Musicians Jinjoo shared a stage with include Jimmy Wormworth, Neal Miner, Dennis Mackrel, Antoinette Montague, Amanda Sedgwick, Paul Sikivie, Jason Brown, Mark Taylor, Jon B. Roche, Marco Panascia, Dwayne Clemons, Murray Wall, Wayne Wilkinson, Anna Kolchina, Jim Fryer, Horacio Fumero(Spain), Guillem Arnedo(Spain), Gloria Maurel(Spain), Chris Hodgkins(UK), Alison Rayner(UK) and many more. Jinjoo can be often seen performing as a leader or sideman around the New York City.

This time, Jinjoo is bringing her drumless trio featuring swinging rhythm section: Kihong Jang on guitar, Jamale Davis on Bass, and Special Guests. She will present her recent compositions and arrangements dedicated to her jazz heroes including Mary Lou Williams, Nat King Cole, Clarence Profit, Barry Harris, Jimmy Rowles, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk.


Upcoming: Anna Kolchina Quartet at Birdland


Anna Kolchina Quartet

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Doors: 9 PM / Show: 9:45 PM

$20.00 – $30.00

Join us at the Birdland Theater for the Anna Kolchina Quartet!
  • Anna Kolchina – vocal
  • JinJoo Yoo – piano
  • Neal Miner – double bass
  • Jason Brown – drums

Anna Kolchina’s mellow seductive voice has been heard around the world. Born in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan and graduate of the St.Petersburg State University of Cultural Arts, Anna has since performed and recorded with world-class musicians from Russia, Europe, and The USA.

In 2015, Anna’s debut album “Street of Dreams” was recorded with the Italian jazz pianist Massimo Farao’s trio in Turin, Italy. She signed under Japan based jazz label, Venus Records.Venus Records is one of the largest and respected jazz label, which is adored by many audiophiles around the world.

Later that year, she performed at Bobby Durham’s Jazz Festival in Isola del Cantone, Italy on stage with Kevin Mahogany, Steve Nelson, Sheila Jordan, Vincent Herring, Paul Bollenback, Mike Baker, Byron Landham, Aldo Zunino, Rodney Bradley, Massimo Farao’ and Pat Bianchi to name a few.

In 2016, Anna released her sophomore record with Venus Records, “Dark Eyes”. On this album, she chooses to be more hands-on and wrote the arrangements for 6 songs which was played by Massimo Farao’s trio featuring Claudio Chiara- alto sax and Fulvio Albano- bari sax.

In December 2017, Anna released her third album with Venus Records titled “Wild Is The Wind” that was recorded with New York All-Star band featuring John Di Martino on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.

The same month she appeared on the cover of the jazz magazine “Jazz Perspective”.

All albums were released on Vinyl LP and Super Audio CD.


“… Ms. Kolichina has a warm voice, an appealing musical personality, does justice to lyrics, and is a subtle improviser…”

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

“…her vocals betray a knowing and aware character not afraid to show it’s wounds in it’s vulnerability, while telegraphing a warning to the listener that it has been all places and knows all things…”

All About Jazz, C. Michael Bailey,April 21, 2018


Amanda Sedgwick Quintet at Smalls Jazz Club



Amanda Sedgwick has been active as a band leader, composer, soloist and side lady in Sweden and the US for fifteen years. She has released four solo CD’s, all of them featuring her penmanship: ”Volt”, ”Reunion”, ”Delightness” and ”Shadow And Act”.

Amanda has played with Rolf Ericson, Freddie Redd, Jimmy Wormworth, Dwayne Clemons, Walter Booker, Jeremy Pelt, Johnny O´Neal, Sacha Perry, Leroy Williams and Deborah Brown. She has taught at Morehouse College and The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and she does workshops and master classes at various schools and colleges.

Amanda resides in Stockholm, but still visits New York, where she performs at Smalls Jazz Club with Sacha Perry and Dwayne Clemons. She is also the leader of the Amanda Sedgwick Quintet, which features Dwayne Clemons, and which tours extensively in Sweden, showcasing her compositions. She tours Sweden regularly with British singer Georgie Fame, and recently did a Swedish tour with Jimmy Wormworth together with Dwayne Clemons.

 For booking: mnd.sedgwick@gmail.com  www.amandasedgwick.com

July 25th (Thu)
Amanda Sedgwick Quintet at Museum of Art and Origins
Featuring: Amanda Sedgwick(Sax), Dwayne Clemons(Trumpet), Jinjoo Yoo(Piano), Paul Sikivie(Bass), James Gallagher(Drums)
– 8:00 pm.
– Admission Includes Music and a Three-course Meal and Drinks. ($25 for individuals, $45 for couples)

July 26th (Fri)
Amanda Sedgwick Quintet at Smalls Jazz Club
Featuring: Amanda Sedgwick(Sax), Dwayne Clemons(Trumpet), Jinjoo Yoo(Piano), Paul Sikivie(Bass), Mark Taylor(Drums)
– 7:30 -10:00 pm
– Cover: $25

July 27th (Sat)
Amanda Sedgwick Quintet at Smalls Jazz Club
Featuring: Amanda Sedgwick(Sax), Dwayne Clemons(Trumpet), Jinjoo Yoo(Piano), Paul Sikivie(Bass), Mark Taylor(Drums)
– 7:30 -10:00 pm
– Cover: $25

CD Review by The New York City Jazz Record

“… Jinjoo Yoo sounds wise beyond her experience when she sits down to play. …”

“… I’m Curious, her debut EP, shows her breadth as a straight-ahead stylist and though there are strong allusions to key elements and players of the mainstream tradition, she doesn’t exactly sound like anyone else. …”

“… the listener is instantly attracted to Yoo’s light but firm touch on the keys, like a Broadway dancer springing across the floor. (…) with light clustered accents and a fine solo built on carefully crafted figures. …”

“… her solo lines, mostly single notes, crisp and clean like a trumpet. …”

    – Tom Greenland, <The New York City Jazz Record>

NYCJR Album review

*PDF file is available here: NYCJR Album review

*The New York City Jazz Record March 2019 issue is available here: (http://www.nycjazzrecord.com/issues/tnycjr201903.pdf)