“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)
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.
Jinjoo recently released her Debut Album <I’m Curious>(Gut String Records, 2018) as a leader, where she presented her point of view on music. This album features two of incredible jazz artists: 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 <Jazz Lives>,
“…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 Smalls Jazz Club, Birdland Theater, National Sawdust, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Bonafide, Shapeshifter Lab, LeFrak Concert Hall, St Peter’s Church, Swing 46, Nublu, 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 Jimmy Wormworth, Neal Miner, Dennis Mackrel, Horacio Fumero(Spain), Antoinette Montague, Amanda Sedgwick(Sweden), Paul Sikivie, Jason Brown, Mark Taylor, Jon B. Roche, Marco Panascia, Dwayne Clemons, Murray Wall, Wayne Wilkinson, Anna Kolchina, Jim Fryer, 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. Her group regularly performs with various settings including Duo, Trio, Quartet, and Quintet.