The Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra performs an eclectic mix of straight-ahead, modern, funk and Latin jazz compositions, including many Ah-Q originals. Mixing different styles and influences and “stretching” in creative improvisation to “dance on the edge” is the band’s trademark.
The Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra has been performing in Beijing since 2003. Band members include:
Liu Xiaoguang – saxophone, flute
Matt Roberts - trombone
David Moser – keyboards
Da Zhong – bass
Scott Silverman – drums
The band was formed in 2003, with an original line-up including saxophonist Atsushi Ouchi (now playing in New York), drummer Andy Collier (now playing in Hong Kong), as well as the amazing Canadian duo Nathalie Craan on vocals and jazz composer and educator Dave Beckstead on guitar.
Over the past ten years, the group has featured some of Beijing’s finest jazz musicians, including bassist Huang Yong (the mastermind of theNinegates Jazz Festival), drummer Xiao Dou and trumpeter Wen Zhiyong.
Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra saxophonist Liu Xiaoguang, also known as Kenny, is one of the hottest players on the China jazz scene. Born in Inner Mongolia in 1979, Xiaoguang started playing classical guitar as a child, later switching to saxophone at the age of 15 when admitted to the Inner Mongolia School of the Arts. He started learning jazz a few years later, moving to Beijing in 1999. He joined the Canglang band led by Mongolian singer Teng Ge Er (playing keyboard) in 2001, then in 2002 joined the Beijing City Big Band, led by jazz pianist Xia Jia.
In addition to fronting the Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra, Xiaoguang has played with a number of leading musical ensembles, including the Red Groove Funk Band led by guitarist Lawrence Ku, Modern Pop led by Jia Yinan, pianist Christophe Lier’s New Glucose Octet, the Bad Boys Electronic Jazz Unit, Haya, and Chinese folk band Xiao Juan and the Residents from the Valley (on flute and harmonica). Xiaoguang has also worked with a number of musicians, including Lin Yifeng, Ye Jiaxiu, Lao Lang, Sun Meng, Yu Quan, Chen Chusheng, Shang Wenjie, Jiang Jianmin and Zuoxiao Zuzhou.
Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra bassist Da Zhong is in high demand as one of the most versatile and creative bassists on the Beijing jazz scene. Playing both upright and electric bass, Da Zhong is known for his dry wit and understated grooves. Pursuing his passion for music, Da Zhong began studying bass at the age of 20, studying with Beijing bass masters Yu Hui, Zhang Ling, Huang Yong and Liu Yue.
In 2007, Da Zhong participated in the China Music Gold Cup Pop Music Competition with “Dew Electrio”, winning the gold prize.
Da Zhong has performed over the years in numerous bars and performance halls, participated in many music festivals and domestic and international workshops, and has worked on teaching demos for China’s renowned “Modern Musician” magazine. He has taught at the Modern Music Academy in Beijing since 1997.
饶猛志 － 长号
阿Q爵士乐团长号手饶猛志是一位多年在北京的爵士乐、放克音乐的长号手。大学期间他偶然与大名鼎鼎的 Sun Ra乐队一块儿演出，很受启发，世界观由此而发生了彻底的改变。饶猛志早在1990年就钻入中国的爵士圈子里，曾经参加过的乐队包括：《ALAS》（1991年）、《左手乐队》（1994年）、《五个小伙子在火车上》（上海，1995年）、《节奏之犬》（1996年）、《放克小狗》（1997年）、《BJ放克》（1998年）、《天窗》（2002年）、《刘元五重奏》（2001-2006年），还有法国钢琴手Christophe Lier率领的《新葡萄糖八重奏》（2004-2007年）。 饶猛志是阿Q爵士乐团的创始人之一。
Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra trombonist Matt Roberts, who hails from the Philadelphia area, first came to China in 1987 and has been playing jazz in China since 1990. Inspired by life-changing performances during his college years with the legendary Sun Ra, Roberts has performed with a number of jazz and funk outfits in Beijing in Shanghai over the last twenty-some years, including the ALAS Jazz Band (1991), Left Hand Jazz Band (1994), Five Guys on a Train(Shanghai, 1995), Rhythm Dogs (1996), Funk Puppies (1997), BJ Funky (1998), Skylight (2002),Liu Yuanr Quintet (2001-2006) and the New Glucose Octet under the leadership of pianist Christophe Lier (2004-2007). Roberts is one of the founding members of the Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra.
莫大伟 － 键盘
阿Q爵士乐团的键盘手莫大伟同时也是爵士乐作曲家，他为阿Q乐团带来富有感染力的幽默感。大伟的原创曲目非常多，包括美妙的“静”、“One at Three”和“水池”。除了钢琴以外，大伟也吹小号、弹吉他。
Jazz educator, composer and performer David Moser graces the Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra with his light touch and contagious sense of humor. David has contributed many beautiful compositions to the Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra repertoire, including Quiet, One at Three, and Pool. David also plays trumpet and guitar.
司马恺 － 鼓
阿Q爵士乐团鼓手司马恺（Scott Silverman)，来自美国。四岁开始学习爵士鼓，12岁登台演出。90年代中期来到上海，司马恺是上海第一支现代爵士乐队Five Guys on a Train的创始成员之一，现在长居北京，经常与北京顶尖爵士乐手同台。
Hailing from the U.S., Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra’s drummer Scott Silverman started playing drums when he was four years old and has played professionally since age 12. After moving to China in the mid-1990s, Scott was a founding member of Five Guys on a Train, one of Shanghai's first modern jazz bands. Now based in Beijing, Scott performs regularly with many of the city's top jazz musicians.