Jo-Yu Chen

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Jo-Yu Chen
Born Taiwan
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano

Jo-Yu Chen is a Taiwanese jazz pianist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Chen was born in Taiwan and initially studied classical music.[1] She listened in particular to Romantic composers and moved at the age of 16 to New York's Juilliard School, mainly to study oboe.[2] She became exposed to more types of music there, and became more interested in jazz.[1][2] She later obtained a PhD in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.[2] She then continued her studies at The New School and took jazz piano lessons from Sam Yahel.[2]

Chen's first album, Obsession, was released in 2009.[2] This was followed three years later by another trio album, Incomplete Soul.[3] In 2014, Chen, as "the first Taiwanese jazz artist signed to a major label", released Stranger, an album consisting largely of her original compositions.[1]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
2009* Obsession Sony Music Taiwan Trio, with Chris Tordini (bass), Tommy Crane (drums)
2012* Incomplete Soul Sony Music Most tracks trio, with Chris Tordini (bass), Tommy Crane (drums); one track quartet, with Andy Lin (erhu) added
2014* Stranger Okeh Most tracks trio, with Chris Tordini (bass), Tommy Crane (drums); some tracks quartet, with Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar) added


  1. ^ a b c McClenaghan, Dan (20 May 2014) "Jo-Yu Chen: Stranger (2014)". AllAboutJazz.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ross, Jon (March 2010) "Pianist Chen's Jazz Focus Sparks Musical Transformation". Down Beat. p. 49.
  3. ^ McClenaghan, Dan (2 February 2012) "Jo-Yu Chen Trio: Incomplete Soul (2012)". AllAboutJazz.