Meet Jun Xiao
Jun Xiao, Class of ’16
I studied jazz guitar at Purchase starting in 2014 and finished my master’s degree in 2016. After graduation, I stayed in NYC for a while, played around town and produced my first original album, released by Sony Music. This album won the 2nd China Music Industry Committee Music Awards as the Best Jazz Instrumental album in China, and was also nominated for the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards.
Now I teach Jazz at the Nanjing University of Arts and have signed with D’addario, Corbin and JZ Music as their artist. I also tour around the world to continue communicating with other musicians and to share my music.
All these things would be impossible without the training at Purchase. I was so lucky to get the chance to learn with John Abercrombie, Vic Juris, Kevin Hays, all of these jazz legends. I was always encouraged to find my own sound, and the faculty always created chances for every student. The Jazz program provides a wonderful vibe, good mentorship and helpful friends. I miss the days when I took lessons with professors and played with music fellows, it’s really an important and meaningful journey during my road achieving my music career.