FROM THE BEGINNING: A native of Norco, Louisiana, Quintin Gerard W. attended Destrehan High School, where his formidable musical talent earned him a place in numerous concert and jazz honor bands in Louisiana and the New Orleans area. Awarded a music scholarship at Loyola University of New Orleans, he studied Jazz Music Performance and Education and had the opportunity to study from jazz master Ellis Marsalis. In 1989 Quintin Gerard W. moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his dreams of becoming a Recording Artists and Professional Saxophonist. While in Los Angeles, CA Quintin Gerard W. had the opportunity to perform and record with a host of notable and top selling recording artist in both Jazz and R&B. In 2003 Quintin relocated back to his original roots in Louisiana to resume and complete his undergraduate studies. In 2007 Quintin Gerard W. graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Management. As a result of his effort and studies at SLU, Quintin was accepted into the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization and The National Scholars Honor Society for his outstanding academic and personal achievements. Quintin Gerard W. is a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.), more commonly known or referred to as “The Grammy’s.” Quintin Gerard W. is also a FAA licensed Private and Drone pilot, currently working on his Instrument Rating (IFR), who enjoys the freedom of flying to remote destinations that are inaccessible to commercial airline travel.
QUOTE: When Scott O’Brien from smoothjazz.com dubbed Quintin Gerard W. a ” Smooth Jazz Star,” he got the “Star” part right, but “Smooth” is only one part of the equation for this romantic and highly rhythmic player who rightly brands himself “The Fnkysax Player.” In defining what he does, the versatile composer and performer mentions elements of funk, R&B, gospel, blues and jazz, and all these textures are wonderfully and amply represented on his latest album – Cleared For Takeoff.
“It’s the rare Contemporary Urban Jazz album that touches the human spirit as easily as it tickles the ears and makes us groove. Even the best full-length recordings in the genre are generally random gatherings of great tunes featuring soulful rhythms and melodies that stick long enough to merit lots of radio airplay. Quintin Gerard W. has proven in the past that he’s a multi-talented musician (saxes, flute, keys, drums) and producer who has those surefire hooks and magical sonic textures mastered. Now with Cleared for Takeoff, he’s establishing himself as a visionary and a musical poet who combines his great passions for music and flying in a way that helps us imagine him soaring (in the studio and above the clouds), and inspires us to dig deeper into our souls to find out just where our own lives need to take flight. His horn leads and textures are intense and empowering, his sense of sensuality and old school sensibilities is stellar, and his unique choices of tempos, atmospheres, and harmony is impeccable. Cleared For Takeoff is that rare genre masterpiece that makes us want to take off for destinations unknown – and hear more often from its creator!” – Jonathan Widran