Born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda May Han Oh is a bassist and composer who has performed and recorded with artists such as Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vijay Iyer, Steve Wilson and Geri Allen.
She has received many awards, such as an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s award in 2008, 2nd place at the BASS2010 Competition and an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. Oh also received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year and was the 2012 Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Star” on bass.
After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, Oh has had three critically-acclaimed releases. Her most recent recording, Walk Against Wind, features Ben Wendel, Matthew Stevens on guitar and Justin Brown on drums, along with other guests such as Fabian Almazan and Korean percussionist Minji Park. The Wall Street Journal said this album features “music that is resolutely of the moment…her innovative range and stellar improvisations have made [her] one of the most dynamic rising stars in jazz today.” Oh 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 Sabrina McCormick's short film, A Good Egg.
Oh is currently working to release two projects: a trumpet trio with Ambrose Akinmusire and Tyshawn Sorey as well as a double quartet album with string quartet, Aventurine. The latter project was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York in City and was officially the last recording made at Avatar Studios before its closing.
Linda May Han Oh is based in New York City and teaches at The New School. As an educator, she has also created a series of lessons for the BassGuru app for iPad and iPhone. She was recently awarded a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and is currently bassist of Pat Metheny’s quartet.