Quentin Walston Quartet
May 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Friday May 24, 2019 8pm
Quintin Walston Quintet
“Jazz meets Grass”
Quentin Walston is a pianist, composer, and educator living in Loudoun County, Virginia. Quentin surprisingly began his musical career outside of jazz and away from the piano. As the vocalist and harmonica player of folk/old-time band, Jake and the Burtones, Quentin played around Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland—eventually recording an EP with the band in 2010. Later, he began a solo career, releasing a folk album in 2012. From solo to quintet, this LP featured Quentin on vocals, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and his first released track on piano.
Quentin went on to study jazz, piano, and composition/arranging at James Madison University. Focusing on improvisation, composition, and arranging, his musical style blended stride, blues, bebop, and contemporary approaches. His compositions and arrangements ranged from solo piano to big band. After graduating college, Quentin has played in and started numerous bands including Grooveyard, The Green Chimneys, Voyage, and Sweet Something. Quentin’s current duo, trio, and quartet groups are exciting laboratories for new compositions, arrangements, and spontaneity which represent his musical influences and direction.
Quentin Walston released his first jazz EP, “Introduction”, in March of 2017. His selections of jazz standards, performed in solo, duo, and trio contexts, displayed his arranging and improvisation style. Quentin is currently working on his first full length album of eight compositions and one arrangement. This new album will be released on June 8th, 2019.
Quentin Walston can be heard performing solo, in his own bands, and as the pianist of Sweet Something in Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. In addition to performing, Quentin also teaches privately at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, Virginia.