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Quintin Gerard W.

Quintin Gerard W. is a native of Norco, Louisiana. He attended Destrehan High School from which he was selected into numerous concert and jazz Honor bands in Louisiana and the New Orleans area. As a result, Quintin Gerard W. was awarded a scholarship in music to Loyola University of New Orleans, LA where he began his studies in Jazz Music Performance and Education. In New Orleans, Quintin Gerard W. began studying saxophone from none other than the “African Cowboy” himself - Earl Turbinton! While at Loyola, Quintin Gerard W. had the opportunity to study under the living Jazz master Ellis Marsalis! In 1989 Quintin Gerard W. decided to cut his college experience short, after studying only two years, and move to Los Angeles, CA where he would then begin exploring a professional career in music from a “real life” learning perspective. Upon arriving in L.A., Quintin Gerard W. immediately began working on major commercial recording projects which included television commercials for MCI, Levi's Strauss, Estee Lauder, and SEARS Kenmore. From there, Quintin Gerard W. went on to work on the made for T.V. movie "Here Comes The Munsters" Halloween special produced by Michael Skloff (Producer of the hit television show "Friends" soundtrack!), and then later on laid the saxophone track for B.E.T.’s Comic View opening theme music. Now having established himself as a bonafied “studio” and “session” player, Quintin Gerard W. expanded his vision and began working on a number of CD projects upon request(s) from various CD/Album producers in the industry. These projects included, and are not limited to; cutting tracks for Art Madison, The Gap Band, Rap/Hip Hop artist Flip, and the late Rick James. In between recording sessions Quintin Gerard W. also found time to exact his live performance skills while playing in the Jeff Lorber band promoting the long awaited “Worth Waiting For” CD. During this time, Quintin Gerard W. had the opportunity to meet and perform on stage and in concert with many of the top names in Jazz which include Dave Koz, Najee, Norman Brown, Four Play, and Special EFX. Quintin Gerard W. continued to grow musically and professionally, thus resulting in being complimented for his performances, recording(s), and playing style by Jazz lover Clint Eastwood, Al Jarreau, Arsenio Hall, and the one and only legendary singer Stevie Wonder, who personally recommended Quintin Gerard W. for his first recording contract! From there, Quintin Gerard W.’s circle of friends expanded as he met established Jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Everette Harp, Ronnie Laws, Jay Beckenstein, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Joe Henderson, Jeff Kashiwa, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Veasley, Kirk Whalum, the late Art Porter, Chaka Khan, Will Downing, and the late Hollis Gentry, III.

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Instrument(s):Saxophones, flute, keyboards.

Teachers and/or influences? Earl Turbinton (teacher), Rick Margitza (teacher), Kenny Garrett (teacher), Dexter Gordon (influence), Miles Davis (influence).I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I first heard my older brother perform in the local high school marching band. He played clarinet and my mother used to take me to the parades. The sound of the drum line and the live horns had such an enormous impact on ...

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Smooth Jazz.com

Sax man Quintin Gerard is a Smooth Jazz star! You can hear it. He’s got the sound. He knows what he’s doing and he totally gets it. Case in point, his debut album, FNKYSAX. This is a totally first-rate project, and you’ll be hearing tracks from it on Smooth Jazz Radio for quite some time to come, no question about it. He knows how to compose great tunes as well. In fact, all of the tracks are originals. I especially like “Road Games,” “Smooth Jazz Flavor” and “Now and Forever”. They all sound like big hits to me. By the way, this Louisiana native has amassed some pretty impressive credentials since he majored in Jazz studies at Loyola U. New Orleans and studied under Ellis Marsalis. He was Jeff Lorber’s sax player on the “Worth Waiting For Tour,” he was a member of the San Diego-based fusion jazz group Under The Lake, he has recorded with the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson, and you’ve probably heard his playing on TV commercials for MCI, Levi Strauss, Estee Lauder, and Sears Kenmore. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, he’s got all the right stuff to be huge in the world of Smooth Jazz. Remember the name, Quintin Gerard W. You’ll be hearing a lot more of it in the future! Scott O'Brien

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

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