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Hughes/Smith/Yao Sextet

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Thursday @ Ziggy’s
Come listen as we prepare for new recording. James Hughes & Jimmy Smith team up with one of New York’s finest Trombonist’s John Yao to do a recording of original compositions and arrangements.

NO COVER. This is a FREE event.

James Hughes - Saxophone’s
Jimmy Smith - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
John Yao - Trombone
Corey Kendrick- Piano
Jeff Pedraz - Bass
Nick Collins - Drums

For over a decade, John Yao has been honing his talents as a trombonist, composer and arranger, and cementing his place on the New York City jazz scene. All About Jazz says Yao is “an evolving artist who continues to grow at a rapid pace.” As a trombonist, Yao has worked extensively as a sideman for Grammy-award winning New York City ensembles, such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Yao has also performed with such esteemed and acclaimed musician as Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Chris Potter and Kurt Elling, among many others.

Yao is also the leader of his own working bands: John Yao Quintet (JYQ) and John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument (JY17). His bands and the undeniably talented musicians that comprise them, are the mouth piece his adventurous compositions. Downbeat called his most recent Quintet release Presence (See Tao Recordings) “Yao’s most searching release to date, the album is marked by greater openness and ensemble elasticity.” Midwest Record says the John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument 2015 release Flip-Flop (See Tao Recordings) is “a must set for big band fans that want to hear something that takes the form into the future, this blows the ears open in a mighty way.”

With their quintet, the team of James Hughes and Jimmy Smith have performed at several notable jazz clubs like The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, The Bop Stop, Cliff Bell's, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Motor City Wine, Cadieux Cafe, Black Lotus Brewery, and sets at the Michigan Jazz Festival, Experience Art Live Royal Oak Festival, St Columban Concert Series, and the Opportunity Detroit Concert Series. They have two recordings, FROM HERE ON OUT (2013) and EVER UP & ONWARD (2015) which made AllMusic’s “Favorite Jazz Album” of 2015 list and has been played on over 100 radio stations throughout the U.S. Look for their new album MOTION due to be released in January 2018.

Rounding out the group are keyboardist Corey Kendrick (praised by Downbeat Magazine’s John Ephland as a “very accomplished, highly gifted jazz pianist” with “a patient, maturing voice,”), bassist Jeff Pedraz (Detroit-based, Philly-native who has played with the likes of Shirley Scott, Bobby Durham, Jimmy Oliver, Cecil Payne, Sean Dobbins, Marcus Elliot, Ian Finkelstein, A. Spencer Barefield, and many others) plus drummer Nick Collins (one of the area's best, leader of the CPE Trio featuring Mr. Pedraz, plus frequent collaborator with folks like Dan Bennett, Tim Flood, Justin Walter, and Tim Haldeman).