Quentin Walston's musical seminars are more than a public speaking event! These educational concerts combine Quentin's highly-acclaimed solo piano performance with music history, appreciation, and more. Including topics such as the History Of Jazz, Jazz Styles, and Great Composers, Quentin's seminars are informative and unforgettable!
- History of Jazz
- Great American Songbook: Sinatra to Sondheim
- The Many Styles Of Jazz: Swing, Latin, and more!
- Ballads: Love Songs on Piano
- Blues Piano
- Duke Ellington: Jazz Master
- Jazz Composers Hall of Fame
- Bebop Piano: Invention and Innovation
- customized seminars available
CONCERT BY JAZZ PIANIST QUENTIN WALSTON
By Washington Post classical music critic Cecelia H. Porter, ret.
Walston’s superb concert, titled “A History of Jazz,” was especially marked for this pianist’s ease and fluidity of style, as well as by his deep perception of the music’s meaning.
Also noteworthy was his unimpeded connection with his extraordinarily responsive audience.
His concert was easily sufficient enough to send him to musicians’ halls of fame everywhere.
In addition, Walston’s playing evidenced keen imagination and its close relative— a superb sense of creativity.
I was no surprise, then, that a large audience obviously loved his performance.
QUENTIN WALSTON'S SEMINAR REVIEW
By Martha Braden, pianist, recording artist, educator
Quentin Walston has led us into the magical, unique world of jazz, during his visits to Heatherwood Retirement Community. His presentations are a welcome display of his love, perception, and mastery of this genre. We love to hear him speak and play.
He gives short descriptions of types of jazz. He then sits at the piano playing actually in the styles of other pianists and composers, such as Duke Ellington, Errol Garner, Dave Brubeck to name a few. THEN HE HONORS US WITH HIS VERY OWN STYLE. But all of their music represents —stands for— human feelings across our times. And across the globe.
Here at Heatherwood, some newest members are readily impressed listening to Quentin play jazz arrangements of some songs they already know well, such as “Satin Doll” and “Misty”. Then of course, everyone is excited to learn more! The audiences grow larger with each of his visits. This kind of his music makes an impact! If and when a person lets it “come in on them”, they appreciate and enjoy jazz more and more.
In Quentin’s casual-clothes and hat, smile and greeting, he sinks into the keys, playing music representing and re-presenting human feelings across our times. And we relax.
I totally support Quentin Walston’s purpose in applying to your commission. I commend the joyous manner of this man, pianist, teacher, leader— touring around the country to bring us such uplifting programs. I have also listened to his Trio on YouTube, which is also marvelous.
I have loved jazz since the age of three. Trained from age six as a classical concertizing pianist, I have only now begun to play jazz, with Quentin Walston’s help!
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