Born: 1994 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Aged 18, the Beijing-born saxophonist Li Gaoyang is already considered a representative of new-generation Chinese jazz music. He is a wonderful player skilled in tenor saxophone and soprano saxophone with rich experience of improvising, and, together with his band, played at many international events and jazz festivals, with his performance and music being considered as the closest to the original jazz by critics. Together with Hong Kong-based pianist Jim Schneider, Australian drummer Cameron Reid and Swedish bass guitar player Richard Malsten, he played a leading role at the opening ceremony of Hong Kong International Jazz Festival on 7 october 2012. His new-style jazz performance was highly regarded by both critics and Hong Kong media.