with Tony "Thunder" Smith (drums) & Lenny Stallworth - bass
“Hey Rim, brilliant pianist...she has a good concept of what the music is all about, and the ability to perform it." -Benny Golson, legendary jazz saxophonist & composer.
She's performed across the world: Japan, Turkey, Canada, and her native Korea. Ms. Jeon self-describes as "the First Korean Professor at Berklee."
Hey Rim Jeon started playing piano at the early age of four, and by nine was giving her first public performances in classical music. As a teenager, influenced by the dazzling improvisation of Oscar Peterson, Hey Rim decided to embark on a musical path that would both support her new found passion for jazz, and build upon her already formidable classical training.
In September of 1997, Hey Rim came to Berklee College of Music in Boston to pursue her contemporary music education. Berklee gave her the opportunity to learn from jazz greats such as JoAnne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony and Ray Santisi. Jeon received the piano department’s prestigious ‘Piano Chair’ Award for jazz performance. Summa Cum Laude Bachelor’s degree in hand, Hey Rim received a Masters of Music degree with Academic Honors in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music. Ran Blake, George Garzone and Michael Cain's influence opened her eyes to new and fascinating areas of music performance, from avant-garde to world music.
“Hey Rim is an exceptional talent. Her technical prowess and intriguing harmonic sensibility set her apart from many of her peers. I love playing her music because her piano style and composition style allow my voice to be heard as an integral part of the ensemble, opposed to just an accompanist. She plays with absolute presence, yet still provides enough space for the music to breath. Her songs blend elements evident of her classical training and her jazz improvisational skills. I think it is wonderfully combined. Hey Rim is a very exciting, emerging artist!”
-Terri Lyne Carrington, 2012 Grammy Award Winner
Hey Rim Jeon & Friends (one of Ms. Jeon's CDs) quickly tables any discussion that Jeon is in any way behind her peers. In fact, it reveals a player with a sure touch and a penchant for stepping beyond early mainstream influences.”
-Bob Young, Boston Sunday Herald
“…her fabulous original compositions and inventive interpretation are always sure to entertain…”
-WICN 90.5 FM Radio