- Label: Independent
- Genre: Jazz
- Hometown: Waterford, Virginia
Quentin Walston is an active composer, pianist, and music educator in Northern Virginia. Often composing for piano, trio, or quintet, Quentin blends jazz with other influences such as folk music. In fact, Quentin started his music career as a folk singer and harmonica player. Quentin earned his Jazz Studies degree from JMU, magna cum laude, where he developed his compositional voice on piano. He released his first full-length album, “Play”, in 2019. The album’s eight original compositions and one arrangement highlight his approach to jazz and improvisation. In January 2020, 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 local countryside. Today, Quentin continues to lead his own ensembles, performing original compositions. Quentin also teaches piano, composition, and improvisation privately and at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, Va.
Sample Recordings and Video
- “Play” – Quentin Walston – 2019
- “Introduction” Quentin Walston – 2017
- “Mosby’s Summer” Quentin Walston – 2012 (out of print)
- “Round Hill Ruckus” Jake and the Burtones – 2010
Notable Previous Venues Played
- Twins Jazz – Washington, D.C.
- Hamilton Live – Washington, D.C.
- The Queen Theater – Willmington, DE
- Cafe Museum – Passau, Germany
- The Barns Of Rose Hill – Berryville, VA
- Franklin Park Arts Center – Purcellville, VA
- Watermelon Parkfest – Berryville, VA
Notable Musicians Played With
- NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan – JMU Jazz Band concert
- Nate Smith – Supported featured artist in student jam session at Artful Dodger Cafe, Harrisonburg, VA
- Boysie Lowry Living Jazz Residency – 2015 & 2016
- Loudoun Arts COLLAB Artist Residency – 2020
- Catoctin School Of Music – Composer-In-Residence – present