Born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda May Han Oh is an active double bassist, electric bassist, and composer. She completed her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008, studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman, and Rodney Jones. Currently, she teaches in the Precollege program there and is involved in jazz videoconference master classes for high schools around the U.S. As an active teacher she was also involved in creating the BassGuru app, a virtual music school for the iPad and iPhone.
In 2003, Oh was a James Morrison Scholarship Finalist and in 2004 was named a Jazz Education Network “Sister in Jazz.” In 2008, she received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. She also received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. In 2010, she received numerous awards including the Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year, second place at the BASS2010 Competition in Berlin, and was nominated for the JJA Jazz Award “Up and Coming Artist of the Year.” In 2012, she topped DownBeat’s Critics Poll “Rising Star” award for bass.
Oh has composed music for various ensembles and short films, including Sabrina McCormick’s short film, A Good Egg, which was featured in the New York Shorts Festival, and has participated in the BMI Film Composers Workshop and Sundance Labs at Skywalker Ranch.
Her self-released debut trio album Entry, with Obed Calvaire and Ambrose Akinmusire, was listed in Artforum as one of Vijay Iyer’s “Top Ten of 2009.” Her second album, Initial Here (2012), featuring a quartet with Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), Fabian Almazan (piano), and Rudy Royston (drums) with special guest Jen Shyu (vocals), was album of the year in various jazz polls. Sun Pictures (2013) is her third release—a quartet album recorded live at WKCR studios featuring Ben Wendel (tenor saxophone), James Muller (guitar), and Ted Poor (drums).
Oh has performed with such musicians as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She is currently the bassist for guitarist Pat Metheny.