Born and raised in Taiwan, Tracy Yang is a jazz composer and pianist based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Queens College, and a Diploma in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music. Tracy moved to New York in 2016 after studying in Boston for 3 years. Since then she has been leading her own quintet and performed her original music in several renowned venues such as Minton's Playhouse, Bar Lunatico, Vivaldi, Tomi Jazz... etc. Tracy has also been writing her own music for Jazz Orchestra and earned several awards. She was part of the 2019 Young Composer Showcase selectees from JEN (Jazz Education Network). The 2019 JEN YCS was performed by the Army Jazz Ambassadors at the JEN conference in Reno, Nevada. She was also both the winner and honorable mention of the 2018 jazz composition contest for women composers from the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra. The performance was part of the earshot jazz festival in Seattle and featured Sheryl Bailey as a guest artist. Additionally, Tracy has been awarded several grants from institutions such as The Queens Council on the Arts, Passim Iguana Music Fund, and Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation. Aside from her performing and composing duties, Yang is also serving as a dance accompanist in the school program of Mark Morris Dance Group and has performed at Carnegie Hall as an instrumental accompanist. She released her first EP “The 217 Diaries'' in early 2021, and is hard at work on her upcoming jazz orchestra album.
- Queens Council on the Arts _ New Work Grant 2020
- Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation 2020
- International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers _ Poster Presentation 2019
- JEN Young Composer Showcase Selectees 2019
- Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Winner and Honorable Mention of the 6th Composition Contest for Women
- Passim Iguana Music Fund 2015
- Benny Golson Award Berklee College of Music, Jazz Composition scholarship 2015