HomeJazzPodcast: Trombonist John Yao Runs a 17 Piece Big (Avante Garde) Band Carl October 6, 2015 Jazz, Podcasts, Slider http://dailymusicbreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/yaofinal.mp3 . I was introduced to John Yao, in a cyber sense, by Matt Panayides, a tremendous jazz guitarist whom I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a couple of times. Yao is a trombone player who leads a 17 piece band that combines big band and avante garde jazz. It’s as interesting and unique as it sounds. Yao is running a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise enough money to support three appearances late this year and in early 2016 in the city. Check out his website. The Kickstarter campaign is here.