The first Chinese jazz artist to be featured in ‘All About Jazz’
The first ‘Outstanding Chinese instrumentalist’ at the ‘Chinese Music Awards’
Gaoyang Li started learning music at the age of 4, playing and studying the saxophone by the tender age of 8. He has studied with many master musicians like Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, and many more.
Gaoyang is the most famous jazz saxophonist, educator, and composer in China, representing the highest standard of Jazz saxophonists in the country.
His latest album “Boss Tenors” is a collaborative effort with the legendary Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, having previously worked with Jerry on the 2013 album “East Meets West”.
“East Meets West” with Jerry Bergonzi. Bailey Record Co., Ltd 2013
“Boss Tenors” with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone. Bailey Record Co., Ltd 2014
Tim Wayne-Wright was a member of the Grammy-winning a cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, for 10 years. He was fortunate enough to tour the world, singing over 1500 concerts in some of the world’s greatest venues. Tim has taught over 500 masterclasses and workshops, imparting chamber music skills and techniques to choirs and instrumentalists across the globe.
Since leaving The King’s Singers in 2018, he continues to thrive as part of the choral scene internationally. Tim is the Artistic Director of CHORALSPACE’s Berlin Winter and Summer Festivals, 2021 – 2023. He also manages an exciting roster of artists and holds consultancy roles with vocal ensembles in both UK and Canada.
Tim loves the opportunity to adjudicate choral competitions and to coach choirs of all sizes, taking great pleasure from working with musicians of all ages and ability. In March 2021, he emigrated to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and two children. Tim is absolutely thrilled to call Aotearoa home, and delighted to be coaching so many wonderful performers across the country.
E. J. Hughes is a saxophonist and woodwind performer/instructor with a background in music that began at age 10 with the recorder. He specialises in Jazz, Classical, and Contemporary music.
Hughes is a current instructor at Music and Arts and former instructor of jazz saxophone for Emory University. He also taught Advanced Improvisation and Jazz applied saxophone for Georgia State University before returning to his hometown to be the band director and general music instructor.
Hughes received his bachelor’s degree in music performance for clarinet and flute in Valdosta State University. He subsequently returned to Atlanta to finish a masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy in 2001-2003 as a graduate assistant.
EJ has taught, performed, and recorded in New York, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, and Singapore as well as extensive cruise ship work traveling to over 20 countries.
EJ recently performed with Jennifer Holiday of the original Broadway cast of Dream Girls and has performed and recorded with Grammy-winning artists while recording as a leader on the blue canoe record label with his debut album, “Something to Say”. Hughes currently resides in Johns Creek, Georgia and plays in the greater Atlanta area.