Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
July 2, 2017 2:00 pm
Quentin Walston is a pianist, composer, educator, and arranger from Bluemont, Virginia. Quentin surprisingly began his musical career outside of jazz and off 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 in 2010. Afterwards, he began a solo career, releasing a folk/indie album in 2012 entitled, “Mosby’s Summer”. From solo to quintet, this LP featured Quentin on vocals, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and his first released track on piano.
Quentin studied jazz and piano at James Madison University. Focusing on improvisation, composition, and arranging, his voice came to blend stride, blues, bebop, and contemporary approaches. His output ranges from solo piano to big band. After graduating college, Quentin cofounded funk/fusion band Grooveyard, an exciting laboratory for new compositions, arrangements, and spontaneity. Since its founding, the bands’ identity has become a group which represents Quentin’s musical voice and direction.
Quentin Walston is releasing his first jazz EP, “A Standard EP”, in the fall of 2016. He is currently composing and rehearsing his band for a full album of original compositions for an anticipating Spring of 2017 release. He can also be heard in solo, duo, and trio settings in the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia.