My name is Austin Zhang and I marry vulnerability and sound.

  • Saxophonist, Wind Synthesist, and multi-instrumentalist
  • Jazz, Fusion, Electronic, Orchestral
  • Composer, Audio Engineer, and Music Producer

A bit about me...

How does a first-generation Chinese American boy raised in suburban Texas end up devoting his life to the study and mastery of jazz in Harlem? Your guess is as good as mine, but here I am.

I started out listening to Dexter Gordon while mowing lawns, humming Confirmation in math class, and playing Deep Ellum bars by night. I left my hometown to study at the Manhattan School of Music where I met some of the most important mentors in my life: Jaleel Shaw, Stefon Harris, John Riley, and Wynton Marsalis. These mentors live the artistic excellence, empathy, and depth of character that exemplify this music and its history; their tall tradition I seek to continue.

Since then I've had the great fortune to share the stage with giants of this music: Terri Lyne Carrington, Wycliffe Gordon, Lynn Seaton, Mino Cinelu, and others. In 2019, I immersed myself in the world of music technology and co-founded the NYC music production studio, Brave Sound Productions. My current interests often veer quite far from the mold of traditional jazz but swing is and always will be my home, more on current projects below

Current Work:


Synthesizer and Electronic


Despite being a "New York City Jazz musician", I'm not much of a guy for late nights hanging in the clubs. Trust me when I say, I've done plenty of it (and don't regret it). Still, I much prefer to work on projects in the studio. Currently, this largely consists of:

  • Session recording (on saxophone, electronic wind instrument, flute, and clarinet)

  • Composition for moving picture, audio branding, and advertisement scoring.

  • Audio Engineering and Video work (see Brave Sound)

  • Teaching for a small number of motivated students who seek it out

Personal projects include my duo with drummer, Michael Shapira, and a number of periodic collaborations with many awesome, talented friends.

Let's connect and make something cool together.

Oasis Jimma Juice Bar

Coffee is alright, juice anyone?

This is my go-to when meeting new (and old) people in NYC.

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Love to hear from like-minded folks.
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