Helen Sung

Selections from: Going Express:Live At The Jazz Standard (MAXJAZZ/2010)

Pianist Helen Sung represents the latest chapter of great piano players to come out of the Lone Star State of Texas. Her musical journey began in Houston where studied classical piano at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; a school that is rapidly producing many of the most important jazz musicians of this current generation of players; names that include Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Eric Harland and Evertte Harp among others. It wasn’t until her arrival at the University of Texas in Austin however that she discovered the world of jazz while attending a Harry Connick Jr. concert. It was that concert that provided the spark and compelled Sung to make the leap from the classical world into the jazz world.

Her ever growing list of achievements include being part of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz performance at the New England Conservatory, winner of the 2007 Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams competition and Sung is finding a home on the jazz festival circuit to appreciative audiences the world over.

Sung’s latest release takes place on stage with her first "live date" in front of an audience at New York City’s The Jazz Standard a room that as a music venue truly lives up to its name. In the tradition of legendary rooms where jazz is seen, heard and recorded, The Jazz Standard is every bit as important as any of the major jazz clubs, from any point in history.