Called the “next great voice on the jazz violin” by legendary jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker, violinist Maureen Choi has an eclectic interest in music, ranging from Bach to jazz to Michael Jackson.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Choi has won numerous competitions and has performed extensively in classical and jazz genres throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. In addition to working with Whitaker, Maureen has performed with hip-hop artist Kanye West, and also plays Latin music with various bands. While living in Minneapolis, she performed frequently with Salsabrosa and Charanga Tropical. She is currently based in Boston, soon to graduate from the Berklee College of Music, and is currently working on a Latin project with Leo Tatis, Victor Mendoza and a classical album with her pianist Michele Cooker.
Ms.Choi's idea for the album is not at all "traditional" for jazz. Her idea for her solo in "Caravan" was to compose a solo like a Sarasate violin concerto. Her solo in "Donna Lee" was played spiccato (off the string) and while she can demonstrate virtuosic violin technique, she can also make you want to slow dance to a waltz (traditionally played in 4/4 time) in "in a Sentimental Mood". "At Last" and " Feelin' Good" are tunes that illustrates how she can "sing" through her instrument. Her voice on the violin displays her great solid violin training and her lyrical and melodic ways to improvise.
Ms. Choi maintains close ties to her home in Michigan where she works with classical and jazz artists in the Detroit Metropolitan area.