Big Band Jazz

The 5422 Collective featuring John Yao

LiveMusic - Big Band Jazz

The 5422 Collective
  • Sat 01-04-2017 9:30 PM - 2 h

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$130 (in advance, Fringe members), $150 (on the day); includes one standard drink


Advance tickets are only available at on or before 31 Mar 2017. Click here to buy now.

On-the-day tickets will only be available at Fringe Club box office (inside Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery) on 1 Apr 2017.


Hong Kong jazz orchestra The 5422 Collective, directed by Patrick Lui, is joined by New York jazz trombonist John Yao to bring you a collection of original music and rearranged jazz standards.


The 5422 Collective

The 5422 Collective is a young jazz orchestra from Hong Kong, formed in 2013.  From graduates returning home from music schools around the world to local veteran big-band professionals, the orchestra consists of accomplished players from different musical backgrounds who share the same keen passion for jazz.  The group performs primarily original pieces.  Adopting a more modern compositional style, and not shying away from the influences from other contemporary genres, the writing drifts away from the traditional approach of repetitions and variations of tunes, and towards episodic pieces with longer forms, while still remaining highly accessible.  Patrick Lui is the composer for the band, and also directs and writes re-arrangements of favourites from the jazz vocal repertoire; these combine to form the band’s very own book.

The 5422 Collective had its debut performance at the Hong Kong People’s Fringe Festival 2013, to critical acclaim.  In April 2014, the group performed in Hong Kong on the annual International Jazz Day, in collaboration with UNESCO and the US Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau.  Following that was an appearance in the Hong Kong Summer Jazz Festival at City Hall, which was unanimously praised.


John Yao

Owing to his versatility as Trombonist, Composer and Arranger, John Yao has enjoyed a steady rise on the New York City jazz scene since arriving from his native Chicago in 2005.

As a performer, John is a frequent performer with Grammy-award winning ensembles As a composer and arranger, John has been commissioned to write works for professional ensembles

John is also the leader of two working bands - John Yao Quintet and John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument. The Quintet released its début recording In the Now on Innova Recordings in 2012 with critical acclaim. In June 2015, the big band project, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument, released Flip-Flop on See Tao Recordings which received positive reviews from Jazz Times, Jazziz and the New York City Jazz Record. Yao serves as artistic director, conductor and performer with both groups featuring all his original compositions. In the fall of 2015, he founded the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series featuring the JY-17 and the premiere of new works for big band at each concert. The goal of this series is to further new works in the genre and to offer a broad view of the possibilities of jazz composition.

John has also established him as an in demand educator in New York and beyond. He teaches at Hunter College High School and is an active guest artist and soloist at schools around the United States. John is currently working on the release of his third album entitled Presence by the John Yao Quintet.


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