Grammy-nominated musician/producer and world-renowned drummer QUENTIN E. BAXTER presents an amazing 3-concert series on Kiawah Island! The second artist on the agenda is jazz pianist and composer JOHN CHIN, featuring Elias Bailey on bass, and Quentin E. Baxter on drums.
JOHN CHIN has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1998 and was introduced to the piano at age four. At fourteen, he began studying jazz at California State University as part of the Early Entrance Program for Gifted Students where he received a B.A. in Music by the age of nineteen. CHIN continued his musical studies at the University of North Texas, before pursuing a Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (under the tutelage of master pianist and composer Kenny Barron), and an Artist Diploma from the world-renowned Juilliard School.
His experience and reputation in the classroom would lay the foundation for his own pedagogy, which led to teaching opportunities the world over, while helping to sustain a New York studio of his own, located in Brooklyn’s history-rich Prospect Park. In 2013, JOHN CHIN began his partnership with Carnegie Hall working in outreach programs to help rehabilitate inmates in prisons, and with young mothers in teen clinics at hospitals.
JOHN CHIN has performed internationally as a leader and sideman for many major festivals as well as some of America’s most important and storied jazz rooms. He has shared the stage with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Irvin Mayfield, Jaimeo Brown, Gregory Tardy, Marianne Solivan, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Chris Cheek, and Rudy Royston, among many others.
In June 2015, JOHN CHIN accepted the invitation to join Grammy-nominated vocalist René Marie as pianist with Experiment in Truth and is featured extensively on Marie’s up-coming release on Motéma.