Jinjoo Yoo Trio


Website: http://jinjooyootrio.wordpress.com

Jinjoo Yoo – Piano      Kihong Jang – Guitar     Jamale Davis – Bass



The winner of International Jazz Competition in Baku 2018, Kihong Jang has been a staple of New York Jazz scene since 2015. His elegantly lush, lyrical and swinging style has garnered his praise from jazz authors and colleague musicians.

Kihong has performed at prestigious venues such as National Jazz Museum Harlem, Rockwood Music Hall, LeFrak Concert Hall, and Shapeshifter Lab to name a few. Musicians that he has performed/recorded with include jazz legend Jimmy Wormworth, Neal Miner, Anna Kolchina, Jon B. Roche, Murray Wall, and many more.

“The guitarist(Kihong Jang)’s unassuming approach contains an impressive degree of depth and certainty….( …) Jang’s relaxed improvisations unfold easily without fuss or pretense. Lagging a touch behind the beat, his single note lines never hesitate, or pause to regroup and reach for more ideas. – David A. Orthmann, <ALL ABOUT JAZZ>

“…..Kihong is a deep feeling melodist, and every phrase he creates is paradoxical in that it is simultaneously terse and tender.  He has a classicist’s restraint: there isn’t an extraneous note; there are no runs up and down the fretboard just because he has practiced for years.  He is closer to Elizabeth Kenny than to Jimi Hendrix, and his clarity of intent is a blessing.  He takes his time, and he gets where he’s going.  His phrases have a careful, considered essence that goes hand in hand (pun intended) with serious emotion.  And ebullient swing.” – Michael Steinman, <JAZZ LIVES>



Born in Newark (raised in Irvington/ cultivated in both) New Jersey, Jamale Davis started started studying bass in 2003 as a means of actively understanding what it takes to express oneself via the art of Jazz. His studies consisted of playing along to records and teaching himself to read music, but his best education was once he started hanging at Smalls and Fat Cat, his musical home. These places helped and inspired Jamale in the cultivation of his particular aesthetics to bass playing: the acoustic, non-microphone approach, gut string setup with a concentrated lean towards more straight-ahead bebop idiom translated in his repertoire and approach to everything musical.

Jamale is mostly known and regarded for his tenure and continued correspondence with unsung hero Ned Goold and his groups, where he’s held the resident bassist position for over six years until now playing a weekly gig at Smalls Jazz Club and recorded a number of albums.

Since 2012 Jamale has led his own group at various places in the NYC/NJ area that consists of some of the best musicians on the scene today. Jamale released his debut album on Gut String Records called <Workers’ Comp> in October 2015 and his second album <We Worked In The Bricks> in October 2017. Recently he released the third album <MORSE CODES FROM THE OPPOSITE LAND> ( GUT STRING RECORDS, 2018) with Sacha Perry(piano) and Charles Goold(drums).


Related Websites:

Jinjoo Yoo – jinjooyoo.com

Kihong Jang – kihongjang.com

Jamale Davis – jamaledavis.com

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