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Quentin Walston

Quentin Walston is an active pianist, composer, and music educator in the Washington DC area. He composes most often for piano, his jazz trio, and large ensembles, blending memorable melodies, striking rhythms, and adventurous improvisations. As a music and jazz educator, Quentin spreads the joy of learning and playing music to individuals of all ages.

Quentin Walston was introduced to improvisation surprisingly through bluegrass and folk music. As the harmonica player in the folk band Jake and the Burtones, Quentin fostered a passion for improvising solos while appreciating the musicianship of others around him. Once that budding interest crossed over to his enthusiasm for piano, Quentin shortly began playing and learning jazz. Quentin went on to study jazz and piano at James Madison University, focusing on improvisation, composition, and arranging.

Quentin Walston released his first jazz EP, “Introduction”, in 2017. This debut recording of jazz standards, performed solo and trio, displayed his arranging and improvisation style. In 2019, Quentin released his first full-length LP “Play“. The album matches its namesake by excitedly playing with different combinations of piano, bass, drum set, saxophone, trumpet, organ, and guitar. From the funky bass line of “Fox Talks Voice Box“, to the blending harmonies of sax and trumpet in “Atmosphere“, to bright and spirited rhythms of “Off Menu” or the tender melody of “Love Is A Smile“, the eight compositions and one arrangement of this album showcase Quentin’s full compositional voice.

"The Good Book Suite" is Quentin Walston's newest album, composed entirely for his trio. Inspired by his faith and Scripture, the suite covers a huge musical landscape. Wonderful builds and interplay between the jazz trio are found in the biggest and boldest moments to the most quietly intimate passages."The Good Book Suite"is available now everywhere.

Awards

Finalist - Musica Prospettiva Composition Competition 2021 Loudoun Arts Council - COLLAB Artist Residency - 2020 Boysie Lowry Living Jazz Residency - 2015, 2016


Tags

"Quentin plays with the beat, off the beat, around the beat. And that's just the beat. Melody, harmony, touch and feel are all fully developed and realized and paramount in every phrase..." -Clarke Monthly

"Quentin Walston’s short but affecting spiritual suite will leave the listener longing for more. Four of Five Stars" -Journal of Gospel Music

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Washington

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Education: James Madison University: 2015 - magna cum laude Boysie Lowry Living Jazz Residency: 2015 & 2016 Teaching Experience: Catoctin School of Music: 2016-present Private Instruction: 2015-present Please contact for hours and rates.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Clinics offered to all ages and abilities. Prior classes have included: -Beginner Composition -Advanced Composition -Beginner Jazz Theory -Advanced Jazz Theory -Adult Theory -Jazz History

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Good Book Suite

Ephesians Records
2021

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Play

Ephesians Records
2019

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Introduction

Quentin Walston
2017

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Videos

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