Jay Yoo is a guitarist, composer, and arranger originally from South Korea, and now based and active in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Having studied with a number of renowned musicians such as Geoff Young, Mike Murley, and David Occhipinti, he is a versatile musician, active in a number of projects that explore multiple musical genres ranging from jazz, funk, rock and R&B to musical theatre. Some of the projects Jay is involved in includes his own group, ‘Jay Yoo Group’, as well as ‘Dennis Kwok Electric Quartet’, a traditional Korean fusion band ‘Haneum’ run by the Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada (KTMAC) and award-winning band ‘Snaggle’.
Jay regularly works with his long-time collaborator, vocalist Jenna Marie Pinard, in her groups such as ‘Jenna Marie sings R&B’ and ‘Jenna Marie Jazz Group’. They released a collaborative duo album back in November 2019 entitled, ‘Here, Now‘ which was showcased in Toronto and Montreal.
During the pandemic Jay recorded his second collaborative duo album, ‘Dual Unity’ with another long-time collaborator Mark Kazakevich and released it in May 2022, receiving praises from the media such as the Vancouver Sun featured as ‘5 albums by guitarists you should listen to right now’ and the Wholenote, “Dual Unity leaves their own imprint on every song they tackle, and this sonic palette owes itself entirely to Yoo and Kazakevich. There are so many moments of sudden unison, where a melodic or harmonic line is relayed by the strength and precision of their tandem.“