Author Archives: Quentin

At the Gingko Coffeehouse


July Update

I just wanted to let you know about several performances I have coming up. The first is with the Dakota Combo on Saturday, July 16 at 4:00 on the Youth Stage at the Dakota Street Fest. The stage is on Nicollet Mall and 11th St. S, across from Peavy Plaza.

Second, I am playing with my trio (Ted Olsen, bass; Matt Buckner, drums) at the Bean Good Cafe in St. Louis Park on Monday, July 18, 25 and Monday, August 1 from 7:00 to 9:00. No cover, but tips are encouraged.

Next, I am playing with my trio on Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 to midnight at the Gingko Coffehouse in St. Paul. We will be playing a set, and following that, there will be a jam session open to anyone interested in playing! There is no cover, but a donation of at least $3 is encouraged.

Then, on Sunday, July 24, at 10:00, I will be playing with Owen Miller (saxophone), Ted Olsen (bass), and Matt Buckner (drums) at the Acadia Cafe for “Minneapolis Free Music Society Presents…” This will be a completely improvised set; there is no cover.

Finally, on Saturday, July 30 at 5:15, I will be debuting my quintet (Caleb McMahon, trumpet; Brad Allen, saxophone; Jordan Jenkins, bass; Cameron LeCrone, drums) at the Midtown Global Market Jazz Festival.

Hope to see you there!



I just wanted to let you know that I will be playing at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival tomorrow with my trio (Ted Olsen, bass; Matt Buckner, drums) at 4:30 for about 25 minutes. I am also playing with the Dakota Combo at 7:15. Both of these events are on the Youth Stage, which will be in front of the Black Dog Cafe.

It would be great to see you there!



I just wanted to let you know about three great performances I have coming up in the next two weeks.

The first is Monday, May 2 at 7:30 in Ted Mann Concert Hall with the University of Minnesota Jazz Ensembles. This concert is a tribute to the Count Basie Big Band. As an interesting twist, there will be two pianos on stage. I’ll be on one, and former Dakota Combo pianist Joe Strachan will be on the other. Rumor has it we might be playing at the same time!

The second is Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 at the Artists’ Quarter with the Dakota Combo. We’ll be playing a wide selection of tunes, a few from our Mingus repertoire, and a few others. Although the AQ doesn’t serve food, it’s possible to get takeout from Great Waters and Wild Tymes, both nearby, and bring it into the AQ. You can get your drinks on site at the AQ. This is a great jazz club, the show is free, and if you want to stay afterwards, you can listen to Vicky Mountain with the Chris Lomheim Trio at 9:00 for $5.

The third is the Dakota Combo Final Concert on Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 in Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music. This concert will be recorded live, so plan to applaud heartily! This concert is also free.

Hope to see you at any and all of these events!

North (2011)

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Here is the the lead sheet for my composition “North”. The Trio played it at the Dakota in January, 2011.

      Listen to North