Linda May Han Oh is a bassist/composer who has performed and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Wilson, Geri Allen and Vijay Iyer.
Originally born in Malaysia and raised in Boorloo (Perth), Western Australia, she has received many awards such as a 2022 Deutscher Jazz Preis and the 2020 APRA award for Best New Jazz Work. She was voted the Bassist of the Year for 2018-2021 by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and in 2019 by Hothouse Magazine as well as 2022 Bassist of the Year by Jazztimes.
She has had five releases as a leader which have received critical acclaim. Her most recent release “Aventurine” is a double quartet album, featuring string quartet and vocal group Invenio.
Linda 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 composing for Sabrina McCormick’s short films, “A Good Egg” and “FracKtured.” Linda also composed and produced music for a collaborative film project with non-profit, “Hoperaisers” based in Korogocho, Kenya by film-maker Kizito Gamba and contributed music to his latest documentary “Calling the Shots” co-directed by Kore Abong about aspiring African women in the film-industry.
Linda is currently Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in the bass department and is also part of the Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice led by Terri Lyne Carrington.
She was recently featured in a quartet in the Pixar movie “Soul” playing bass under the musical direction of Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) alongside drummer Roy Haynes.
She performs as part of New Standards Jazz Crawl on October 21st at The Detroit Institute of Art.