After bouncing around the world on international tours with Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano and her own quartet, New York-based Linda May Han Oh – who was born in Malaysia, but grew up in Boorloo/Perth – is relieved to be finally coming back home, if only fleetingly.

“It’s always a grounding feeling to come back to my hometown and be with so many friends and loved ones who essentially gave me my start,” she says

Linda May Han Oh

Linda May Han Oh. Photo © Shervin Lainez

Oh is a jazz bassist and composer, long-immersed in the scene and currently serving as an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. She held down part of the rhythm section in a quartet built for the 2020 animated Pixar film Soul under the musical direction of Jon Batiste, who has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Prince. 

She also performs on Terri Lyne Carrington’s album New Standards, Vol. 1, featuring 11 jazz standards composed by women, which has been nominated for a 2023 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, with the winners to...