MONROE'S RECORDINGS NOW PLAYING ON PANDORA AND JAZZRADIO.COM

On Riverside Dr cd by Monroe QuinnOn Riverside Drive, a collection of original jazz compositions now available.

A celebration of inspirational people, both personal and musical, On Riverside Drive includes ten original jazz compositions played on electric, acoustic and 12-string guitar. “It’s a musical ‘thank you’ to some of the people I am most grateful for,” says Quinn. “Each song is dedicated to a different person: Pat Metheny, Julian Bream, Donald Delo (who was my favorite English teacher), my wife and my brother. I wanted to express the gratitude I feel for them and channel that inspiration into the compositions and improvisations.” On Riverside Drive is Quinn’s second jazz recording and first solo guitar release.

I'll Dream of You by Monroe QuinnQuinn’s first CD, I’ll Dream of You, which includes the talents of pianist Derek Smith, was featured on 88.3 FM WBGO radio and chosen as one of the “highlights of the year” on their program “Jazz From the Archives.” Radio host, author and Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies faculty member Vincent Pelote said of Monroe, “I’ve heard him play live and he’s fantastic.”

Background
Monroe Quinn began playing professionally at age thirteen. He studied for over ten years with jazz guitar great Remo Palmier. Before his death in 2002, Palmier, who recorded with such well-known artists as Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan, said of Quinn, “I have known guitarist Monroe Quinn for some time, and am convinced that he is a musician of integrity and dedication. ... He has a decided talent for writing a melodic jazz line that lasts.”

Over the years Quinn has performed with such artists as Billy Preston, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Neil Innes, Joey Mallond of Badfinger, and Denny Laine from Wings and The Moody Blues.

Reviews and Publications
Monroe Quinn is profiled in the book, The Jazz Guitar: It’s Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1900, written by Maurice J. Summerfield and published by Ashley Mark. Author Summerfield hailed him as “...one of the most promising jazz guitar talents of the 1990s.”

Quinn’s own transcriptions of solos by Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and others have been published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Sheet music for Monroe’s song, “Blues à la Remo,” has been published in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, along with an accompanying web video lesson.

Monroe Quinn Live
In addition to his work as arranger, studio musician and solo guitarist, Monroe can be heard playing live with many artists in the tri-state area. His musical range comfortably spans pop, rock, jazz, dixieland, fusion and classical. A sensitive listener, Monroe is often found in the role of accompanist to both vocalists and instrumentalists alike.

Playing in such diverse musical settings as those listed above doesn’t seem to faze Quinn. “I love all these types of music and am grateful to be able to play them live.” Can these styles be heard on his recent release, On Riverside Drive? “It’s a jazz album,” says Quinn, “but on songs like ‘By George’ and ‘A Song for Joy’ you don’t have to look too far to hear rock or classical influences. And I think that’s a good thing!”

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