“I know why the tunes that are really good tunes, that have stuck around, are the good ones, because you can just be on them, night after night, and they are able to withstand that kind of act.”
Linda May Han Oh may be considered one of the best jazz bassists of her generation, but the idea that she has ‘made it’ in New York, is not something that she espouses easily. “I haven’t been thinking about it in these terms,” she says. “I’m always growing. I’m always setting the bar higher and higher.”
In a series of performances in partnership with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the NGV comes alive after dark with the eclectic sounds of jazz during this season of NGV Friday Nights. The late-night art and music series runs alongside the NGVs Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from 15 June to 5 October 2018 at NGV International. T
There’s perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out but significantly Untranslatable ups the ante compositionally, with the Yanni Burton String Quartet leaving an indelible stamp on a third of the tracks.
‘You can tell that Oh is abuzz with ideas. The diversity of her compositions and her eagerness to work with different players on each disc shouts as much…’
The unassailable advantage New York has over anywhere else in the jazz world is its concentration of highly skilled musicians playing together and pushing each other all the time.
Title: ‘Initial Here’: Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage Publication: NPR (National Public Radio) in the USA Date: 8 July 2012 Read the full story here on npr.org >
Based in New York, Linda Oh is back at Wangaratta Jazz festival this year. She’s travelling with her quartet (Sam Sadigursky on tenor saxophone, Fabian Almazan on piano and Kendrick Scott on drums) all outstanding young talents on the New York jazz scene. At Wangaratta, she’s playing with this ensemble, and also in Fabian Almazan’s …