Linda May Han Oh
@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
12 November 2022
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Musicians: Linda May Han – upright and electric bass, Greg
Ward – saxophone, Mathew Stevens – guitar, Jeff Ballad
Desert Island Discs
Which 2 albums would you take with you to a desert island?
Me’Shell NdegéOcello – Plantation Lullaby
Oscar Peterson – Night Train
Based in New York City, Linda May Han Oh is a bassist/composer
who has performed and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny,
Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve
Wilson, Geri Allen and Vijay Iyer.
Originally born in Malaysia and raised in Boorloo (Perth), Western
Australia, she has received many awards such as a 2022 Deutscher
Jazz Preis and the 2020 APRA award for Best New Jazz Work. She was
voted the Bassist of the Year for 2018-2021 by the Jazz Journalist’s
Association and in 2019 by Hothouse Magazine as well as 2022 Bassist
of the Year by Jazztimes.
She has had five releases as a leader, which have received critical
acclaim. Her most recent release “Aventurine” is a double
quartet album, featuring string quartet and vocal group Invenio.
Linda has written for large and small ensembles as well as for
film, participating in the BMI Film Composers Workshop, Sundance
Labs at Skywalker Ranch and composing for Sabrina McCormick's short
films, "A Good Egg" and “FracKtured.” Linda
also composed and produced music for a collaborative film project
with non-profit, “Hoperaisers” based in Korogocho, Kenya
by film-maker Kizito Gamba and contributed music to his latest documentary
“Calling the Shots” co-directed by Kore Abong about
aspiring African women in the film-industry.
Linda is currently Associate Professor at the Berklee College of
Music in the bass department and is also part of the Institute for
Jazz and Gender Justice led by Terri Lyne Carrington.
She was recently featured in a quartet in the Pixar movie "Soul"
playing bass under the musical direction of Jon Batiste (The Late
Show with Stephen Colbert) alongside drummer Roy Haynes.