A.J. Khaw is a Philadelphia-based musician who has performed in Uganda, South Africa, China, Mexico and throughout the United States. He is a pianist, organist, composer, accompanist, and instructor. He was Music Director for Soil Beneath: An Empirical Decay (2020), an off-Broadway production at Primary Stages. A.J. co-composed the score for The Unwritten Law, a choreopoem by Broadway actor Chesney Snow. He has performed in the show since its 2017 debut and was Music Director for a development workshop at Two River Theater in 2021. He has collaborated with Playback Memphis, playwright Dennis Moritz, soprano Gian-Carla Tisera (Gypsy Freedom Project, Luminosa Project), singer/songwriter Lucas Kane Hall, and alt-Americana artist Dylan Charles. He performed in the Brooklyn bands, We are Warriors and Hollow Engine. A.J. is a faculty member at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
A.J. played with several Latin pop groups and started two jazz combos in Miami, Sonido Batido and Rana Prieta Latin Jazz Project, which incorporated Latin and Caribbean influences. He produced Sonido Batido’s album Journey of the Refugee with pieces based on social justice themes.
In Atlanta he founded the jazz/funk quartet Jazznomad, performed in various classical chamber ensembles, and served as house pianist at Churchill Grounds Jazz Club.
A.J. began studying piano at age five and organ at eleven, becoming a church organist by twelve. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music summa cum laude from Emory University and graduated cum laude with a Medical Doctorate degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. ajkhaw.com