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 released his first full-length LP in June of 2019. This album, “Play”, features eight compositions and one arrangement of a Thelonious Monk favorite, “Well You Needn’t”. The record includes music written for piano, bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet. The opening track “Fox Talks Voice Box” even includes Quentin’s debut recording on a Hammond C3 organ. “Play” is available for purchase and streaming on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and many other platforms.
Quentin was awarded the Loudoun Arts COLLAB Artist Residency in which he composed “Loudoun Pastorale”, a suite for Classical instruments which was inspired by artwork of his local countryside. Instrumentation includes piano, cello, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. He completed the residency in March of 2020. Selected recordings from the suite can be heard on YouTube.
Quentin Walston can be heard performing solo, in his own bands, and as the pianist of Sweet Something in the Virginia, Washington D.C. Metropolitan, and Maryland (DMV) area. In addition to performing, Quentin also teaches at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, Virginia.
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