GYS Yardbird Jazz Messengers: Original Ladybird Series
Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary
Original Ladybirds Series is a showcase of 5 NYC-based foreign female Jazz composers presented by Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary a non-profit organization that curates Live Jazz performances throughout the city and beyond.
About Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary:
Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary is a not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) organization that was founded in response to the 2020 global pandemic and it’s impact on NYC’s Jazz community and local businesses. GYS provides free-to-all Live Jazz performances in various places all over NYC, such as restaurants and bars, art museums and galleries, food courts, churches, organic rooftop gardens. etc.
For more information on the Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary visit their website here.
About the Artists:
Jinjoo Yoo is a 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. 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’ album. 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 2017, Jinjoo earned Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College. 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.
The Japanese-born pianist, composer Kyoko Oyobe has been a mainstay in the New York Jazz scene since 2005. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of 17 her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians, such as Terumasa Hino to give concerts at their home. At the age of 19 she was greatly inspired by a live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied under Frank Hewitt, Jean Michel Pilc and Gil Coigns. In October 2005 she moved to New York and it didn’t take long for Kyoko to make her mark. She started performing with her own group at New York City’s renowned jazz clubs, such as Smalls Jazz Club and Fat Cat. In December 2008 she made a live recording of her original music with her trio, Michael O’Brien (bass) and Clifford Barbaro (drums) at Smalls Jazz Club that gave birth to the album, “Cookin’ at Smalls” released in 2009. In 2014 she made a recording with her Quartet, Steve Wilson (saxophone), Matt Wilson (drums) and Michael O’Brien (bass). The new album “ Happy Silence” was released in 2015. She has been performing and composing internationally with such notables as Chris Parker (Kyoko has been a piano player of The Chris Parker Trio and two records were released as The Chris Parker Trio), Tom Harrell, Victor Lewis, Steve Wilson, Matt Wilson, Dave King, Chris Speed, Greg Osby, Gene Jackson, Ben Monder, Randy Brecker, Bill McHenry, Francois Moutin, Clifford Barbaro, Joe Magnarelli, Sophie Alour, Sylvia Cuenca, Troy Roberts, to name a few. She has headlined at many well known jazz venues in New York, such as the Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Jazz at Kitano, Garage, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, etc. In Japan, she is also known for touring regularly with her Trio and Quartet at NHK concert hall (Japan’s National public broadcasting organization), Body and Soul (Tokyo), Left Alone (Kobe), Speak Low (Hiroshima), New Combo (Fukuoka), Renaiss Hall (Okayama) and many others. In October 2011, Kyoko had a special three-week French tour in which she was invited to share her music with French female artists throughout many Jazz clubs in Paris. In 2018, her trio with Michael O’Brien and Andrew Atkinson was invited to perform at the Residence of the Ambassador of Japan in Washington D.C. In 2019, she had a great success performing with her trio feat Dave King in Minneapolis and with her Quartet with Jon Irabagon, Michael O’Brien and Andrew Atkinson at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison. Her prowess as a superlative jazz pianist is recognized internationally by musical peers who regularly invite her to accompany them. Kyoko Oyobe is a gifted artist who explores different modes of expression conveyed within a subtext of intimacy found in duets with trumpeter like Tom Harrell and Joe Magnerelli or through original compositions inspiring and reflected in novels by the renowned Japanese novelist, Rui Kodemari. She travels through music instilling an essence and distinct color that borrow from Be-Bop to Brazilian and Free Jazz to French-Impressionist, early 20th century voicings, yet sealing her own inimitable style.
New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled has a particular talent for storytelling. Whether it be a jazz standard, a scorching blues number, an old country ballad, or a heartfelt original “Dida sings in a voice sometimes playful, warm, resonant, no frills. She sings the words, giving them their meaning, their weight, with perfect diction and charm.” (Jazz Hot, France) Dida graduated with honors from the prestigious Jazz Department at The New School, and was then able to shift her focus to recording the music. The result is an eclectic but cohesive statement that covers her wide range of musical interests and abilities. This music came from years of performances in both larger and smaller venues worldwide, including: Smalls Jazz Club, Rockwood Music Hall, City Winery, Highline Ballroom, The Living Room, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center and other notable New York musical landmarks, as well as worldwide at the Fillmore Jazz Festival- SF, Padova Jazz Festival in Italy, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival and The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival in Israel, among others. In 2016 Dida released her third album, ‘A Missing Shade Of Blue’, an instrumental bluesy guitar/organ trio with Rodney Green on drums and Luke Carlos O’Reilly on organ, plus special guests, under the Italian label ‘Red Records’.
Alevtina Wilcox is undoubtedly a unique phenomenon on a jazz stage – not just a talented lady, but a complete improvising trombone player, vocalist, arranger and composer. On April 30, 2013 Alevtina Polyakova was personally invited by Mr. Herbie Hancock to take part in Istanbul Gala Concert organized by UNESCO and dedicated to the International Jazz Day. Where she has had an unforgettable chance to play with many world-renowned jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Vinnie Colaiuta, Keiko Matsui, Terry Lyne Carrington, James Genus, John Beasley, Ben Williams. Since 2017 Alevtina lives in New York where she collaborates with living legend trombone player, arranger, and composer Slide Hampton in his “Trombone Choir”. She shares the stage with legendary trombone shells player Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Ron Carter, Da lop vid Hazeltine, Frank Lacy, Steve Davis, Avery Sharp, Valery Ponomarev and many other great New York musicians.
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Julieta Eugenio, is a young Argentinian Saxophonist based in New York city. Julieta was born in Necochea (Buenos Aires) where she began studying music under the direction of Juan Carlos Gesualdi. She started with piano and then moved to saxophone and clarinet. In 2008, she started her journey to the big city, Buenos Aires, to continue her musical studies at Carrera Superior de Jazz del Conservatorio Manuel de Falla, Conservatorio Nacional Lopez Buchardo ( IUNA) and some private lessons too. Julieta embedded herself into the Argentinian jazz scene and performed in renowned jazz venues in Buenos Aires alongside master musicians. Julieta was accepted to study at Queens College for a Jazz Master degree in New York city. Nowadays, Julieta is playing alongside the finest jazz musicians from around the world and New York City jazz scene, such as Johnny O’Neal, Phillip Harper,Pasquale Grasso, Yotam Silberstein, Paul Sikivie, Neal Miner, Michael Mossman, David Berkman, Colin Stranahan, Jonathan Barber, and more. Recently Julieta had the opportunity to perform on one of the most prestigious jazz broadcast radios in the US – WBGO.
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