"Her(JB) music evokes a humanistic quality and innocence, full of emotional expression and spirit. "
- Greg Osby -
"JB is a brilliant and emotional composer with a limitless imagination. "
- Ari Hoenig -
"Bae is the most serious sounding …. and yet has a romantic streak just beneath the surface. "
-Budd Kopman (All About Jazz) -
"Jangeun Bae is a gifted artist with a solid technique and a wonderful creative imagination. "
- Dan Haerle -
Hailed for her mellifluous keyboard touch and introspective construction of tunes, JB is one of the most formidable Jazz pianists to emerge in recent memory.
Her remarkable virtuosity in performances is coupled with her exuberant yet masterful understanding of blues and improvisation. Also a gifted arranger, she is making a name for herself as a truly multi-faceted artist excelling in almost all categories - composition, improvisation, arrangement and experimentation.
Her absorbing, thoughtful and receptive approach to music, which defies the ordinary, breaks new horizons, and recreates perceptions, is imbued in her music. As much as she is keen on performing within the traditional realm of jazz, she is an artist who is not afraid to be receptive to other forms of music. She is greatly influenced by classical music as well as Korean folk music and rock.
A native of South Korea, she obtained both B.A. and Masters degree at the esteemed UNT (University of North Texas), where she served as a teaching fellow (TF) and showed fine qualities as an educator of Jazz by engaging in projects such as directing the keyboard ensemble "the Zebras.” She was subsequently invited to perform at highly revered jazz series such as International Association of Jazz Educator, 2004 Betty Carter Jazz ahead concert series, and Banff International workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.
She rose to international prominence with notable performances at International festivals such as Jarasum International Jazz festival - one of the largest Jazz festivals in Asia, Seoul International Jazz festival (Korea), and Taichung International Jazz festival (Taiwan) and her critically acclaimed tours of Japan and Europe.
Over the years, she has performed alongside many great performers of Jazz, a long list that includes Greg Osby, Mark Feldman, Ari Hoenig, Ingrid Jensen, Eric Marienthal, Ed Soph, Gerald Cleaver, Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Marchel Ivery, and Andrew Griffith.
In 2005, she released her first album as a leader entitled "The End and Everything After (2006, Kang& Music).” The album received critical acclaim in the jazz scene, most notably by All about Jazz, world’s largest Jazz music website. This album also won the Korean Music Awards. 2007.
In 2006, Critical praise of her first album led EBS Space – premier Jazz TV program in Korea, to commission a "Mozart meets Jazz” project to her, which was subsequently released by Universal Music entitled, "Mozart & Jazz, (2007, Universal).” Success of the project led to more commissions, including a 10 piece band expansion project of the "Mozart & Jazz” project and a concert series called "Jazz meets Classics,” both projects were also met with great raves by both fans and critics alike.
In 2007, her success in international collaborations, led to an invitation by Jazz great Greg Osby to perform in Philadelphia. Apart from performing gigs and arranging music on projects, she spends considerable time as a scholar and theorist of music. She is an enthusiastic and strenuous professor of jazz, currently teaching music to young budding students of jazz at Seoul Arts college, Dongduk Women’s University, Hanyang Women’s college and Howon University.