John Yao Triceratops CD release events

Trombonist/composer John Yao celebrates debut of his three-horn quintet Triceratops with CD release concerts in NYC, with master saxophonists Billy Drewes and Jon Irabagon.

Wednesday, October 23 at Terraza 7 in Queens
Thursday, October 31 at Nublu Classic

“Boldly diverse, Yao’s compositions cut across the swath of contemporary jazz’s field, [amalgamating] a surprising range of styles and periods—sometimes within a single composition.” – Franz Matzner, All About Jazz

 “John Yao makes it clear he’s not content to stand still.” – Jeff Potter, DownBeat

With its dual saxophone and trombone frontline, John Yao’s Triceratops is a force as formidable as the majestic three-horned dinosaur it’s named after – especially with the thundering voices of Yao’s trombone and saxophonists Billy Drewes and Jon Irabagon front and center. Yao celebrates the release of Triceratops’ debut album How We Do with CD release concerts in New York City.

∙ Wednesday, October 23 at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. Concert at 8 p.m. With Yao, Drewes, and Irabagon joined by bassist Peter Brendler, drummer Eric Halvorson. Tickets $7. For information call 347-808-0518 or visit

∙ Thursday, October 31 at Nublu Classic, 62 Avenue C, New York City. Concert at 9 p.m. With Yao and Drewes joined by saxophonist Tim Armacost, bassist Peter Brendler, drummer Eric Halvorson. Tickets $10. For information visit

How We Do (October 18, 2019 via See Tao Recordings), is the latest showcase for Yao’s composing and arranging gifts, previously evidenced in his work with his own quintet and his adventurous big band, the 17-Piece Instrument. Yao’s writing for Triceratops corrals the audacious virtuosity of the three horn masters, propelled by the vigorous rhythm tandem of bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Mark Ferber.