EJ (EunJung) Park is a jazz vocalist, pianist, composer and educator. EJ was born in South Korea where she began formal music study at the age of five. After graduating from National University of Cheon-nam as a piano major, she attended Dong Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA) to study voice. In 2011 EJ's love for jazz and her commitment to artistic growth led her to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree in 2013. Since graduating, EJ has performed extensively, singing both jazz and gospel music. In addition to completing an eight-state tour of the east coast, she has performed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (2016) and the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, Rhode Island. Recent performances include appearances at Birdland, Jazz Gallery and Rockwood Hall in New York City. Based in Philadelphia, she has performed locally at Chris's Jazz Cafe, the Academy of Music and Paris Bistro etc. She is currently on the faculty at the University of the Arts where she teaches voice and piano. Her debut album "All Because of you" released in Februay 2nd in the U.S.
Her own goals are modest and already being fulfilled every time she performs: "I want to talk when I sing, and make the people feel happy and help their minds heal. I want to touch their minds with my singing."
EJ is the first Korean student-actually, the first international student-to be hired by the University of the Arts, School of Music.
- ICON: May 2014
I began working professionally with EJ Park after she received her master’s degree from The University of the Arts in May 2013. Our recent collaborative projects on recordings and gigs have been rewarding musical experiences. A ballad singer in the tradition of Shirley Horn and Billie Holiday, she connects with audiences in a remarkable way. She also writes wonderfully inventive tunes and improvises like a horn player. Truly, a special vocalist with impeccable intonation and taste!
- Don Glanden (Composer, Pianist, Educator)
Bravo for the video clip of Good Morning Heartache. I think EJ has a beautiful sound and she sings with emotion. These days those qualities are hard to find in a singer!
Sara Lazarus (Internationally acclaimed vocalist, Winner of 1st Prize: International Festival of Thelonious Monk - 1994)
South Korea-born, Philly-raised new jazz album
Park has just released her inaugural recording All Because of You, a collection of beautiful originals written by Park, Suzanne Cloud of Jazz Bridge, and Don Glanden, pianist/composer and head of jazz graduate studies at U of A . Glanden is also co-producing the date. The combination of Park's singing and Glanden's playing is simply gorgeous, and as close as anyone can get to perfection in an imperfect art. Park's tone is crystal clear and cliché free, and her inventions are her own. As for Don Glanden, each note, change, and inversion is a gem. Buy this album. Then buy another one.
-Bruce Klauber (a columnist/ jazz musician)
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