Bae Jang-eun, also known as JB, began her professional career as a keyboardist and composer for Korean pop artists. At the age of 23, she fell in love with jazz so she decided to go to study jazz in the United. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, where she received a full scholarship throughout her academic years. Her professional performance experience has grown to include the Sammons Center for the Arts, the Addison and Denton Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators, tours of Europe, and concerts with Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Ed Soph, Marcel Ivory, and Andrew Griffith. She participated in the 2004 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead held at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC and the 2004 & 2006 International Jazz and Creative Music, directed by Dave Douglas, Banff, Canada. Her first album 'the End and Everything After' (2006) won the Jazz & Crossover Awards (Single) with the song 'Secret Place' of the album at the 4th Korean Music Awards. Chosen as the pianist of the year by Reader's Poll in 2009 and 2012, she’s been enjoying consistent artistic and commercial success. Currently, she’s serving as a professor of music at Seoul Institute of the Arts, where she formerly studied, training the next JB.
On today’s Heart to Heart, we've invited Jazz Pianist Bae Jang-eun to talk about her life in music.