“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)
“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(Drummer)
JinJoo Yoo is a Jazz pianist, composer, and an arranger hailing from Seoul, South Korea. Enjoying singing and playing instruments from her youth, Jazz captured her attention soon after starting University in South Korea.
At that time, Jazz pop was increasing in popularity among young people in South Korea. She too enjoyed Jazz pop at first, but one day, her friend introduced Duke Jordan’s Album, <Flight to Denmark>, which led her in discovering older jazz musicians.
It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with Wynton Kelly, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, Art Tatum, Mary Lou Williams, Jimmy Rowles, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, and so on. Although she was studying Sociology and Economics in her undergraduate years, she found herself more interested in Jazz rather than her major. In 2013, after her graduation, she decided to focus on jazz more deeply.
Photo by Jackson Notier
Leaving South Korea, and Sociology and Economics behind, JinJoo moved to New York City to study Jazz at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens to pursue her dream of becoming a jazz pianist. She has studied with Jeb Patton, David Berkman, Dennis Mackrel, and Michael Mossman.
She is a recipient of Discimus ut Serviamus award in 2016 from Aaron Copland of Music(*The Discimus ut Serviamus Award is a leadership award that recognizes an individual who has integrated an improvement that benefits the entire Queens College community). In 2017 Spring, Jinjoo earned Master’s degree from Aaron Copland of Music, Queens College.