Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Chin, John (John Kyobin Chin), piano; b. Seoul, Korea, Birth-date 2-10-76. Raised in Los Angeles, John Chin was introduced to the piano at age four. He began learning jazz piano at California State University, which he attended at the age of fourteen as part of an early entrance program for gifted students. In L.A., John was influenced by local jazz greats Billy Higgins and Dorothy Donegan. After playing the L.A. scene and receiving his B.A. in Music at nineteen, John continued his musical studies at one of the top jazz programs in the country, the University of North Texas. While there, he was active on the Dallas/Ft. Worth scene for a year and a half and met Dennis Irwin, Victor Lewis, and Herb Ellis. John then moved to the New York area and received his M.A. of Music from Rutgers University in 1999 after studying as Kenny Barron's protege.
As the John Chin Trio played gigs throughout the city, John quickly established his reputation as an exciting and sophisticated soloist and a skilled bandleader. In New York, he worked with Joe Chambers, Norah Jones and Mark Turner and his trio has featured Gregory Hutchinson, Ugonna Okegwo and Joel Frahm and other well-known musicians as sidemen. In addition to recently making his European debut, John has played at many prestigious jazz venues - Catalina's in Los Angeles, and The Blue Note and Smalls in New York.