li xiaochuan

Trumpet, Composition, Jazz Improvisation,
Jazz Theory, Jazz Ensemble

Li Xiaochuan is a jazz trumpeter, composer and educator, who has become one of China’s premier jazz musicians since his emergence in 2001.He began his musical career when he was 11 years old. His father, who is a professional trumpeter, was an early influence on him and has given him the most musical influence to date, since he was born. He studied classical music and graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory in 2005 with a degree in classical trumpet performance. During this period, he was a member of the Shanghai Conservatory Youth Orchestra and played in Shanghai Spring Festivals. However, his talent in jazz and creative musical expression, soon made him one of the most sought-after jazz musicians in China.After playing his first jazz concert in 2004, he began to work with the Shanghai Jazz Orchestra and played at Shanghai Jazz Festival 2006 and 2007.Also during this time he lead the group “E-Groove”, a Shanghai-based jazz band that performed original music, fusion, and jazz standards. He has been playing at different venues in Shanghai, such as Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, shanghai Oriental Art Center, Jin Mao Tower Concert Hall, Shanghai Art Theatre, Shanghai Centre Theatre and numerous jazz lives.

From 2007 to 2011, he has pursued and earned his Master degree in Music (Jazz Studies) from University of North Texas. There he received the Richard Dalrymple Memorial Jazz Trumpet Scholarship and was the first Asian musician receives this scholarship.He has studied with Ingrid Jensen, Mike Steinel, Jay Sanders, Steve Wiest, John Murphy,Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton,ED Soph, Roodey Booth, Adam Rapa, Laurie Frink, Ambrose Akinmusire,etc. As an active working jazz musician, he has played with a number of great musicians such as Eddie Gomez, Billy Drummond, Stefan  Karlsson, Uri Caine,ED Soph,Dan Haerle, Jason Thomas, Lars Jansson,Mike Pope,Tito Puente JR,Brad Leadi and Shelley Carroll Big Band,UNT 2 o’clock Lab Band,The Zebras,Bon Jovi (as opening band) and many more. He has also been fortunante enough to perform in such venues as Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas,Murchison Performing Center, Stan Kenton Hall, and Syndicate jazz lounge,Frisco Jazz Fest,Denton Art & Jazz Fest,Deep Ellum Jazz Fest, live show in Dallas radio station KNON 89.3, and jazz clubs in New York City.In 2009 Li lead his own personal project the “Li Xiaochuan Quartet” Across a 5 city tour of China and Hong Kong. This tour was a great success and included a recording “A psalmody of Love” and performances at some of the most well-known venues through out China and Hong Kong. In 2010 Li as a sideman toured with another 4 young jazz artists in Japan, China, and Hongkong. The group, YT Little D, played many major concert halls and clubs in Asia.In the fall of 2010, Li toured in Mexico with jazz pianist Roberto Verastegui and gave master class of jazz improvisation and brass playing. In March of 2011, Li was named as a finalist in the Jazz Division of the National TrumpetCompetition of United States.In October of 2011, Li was selected as the trumpeter by legendary bassist Eddie Gomez andperforming with Eddie Gomez Quintet in some major festivals in Asian.


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