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Kevin Quail Quartet

Kevin Quail, Trombonist

Kevin Quail, a Chicago native, returned to the Midwest in 1994 after spending 15 years living and working in San Diego. His time in San Diego was well spent- he was part of noted Charles Mingus sideman Charles McPherson’s quintet for six years during the 1980s. He recorded with McPherson on Discovery Records in 1983, which led to a recording in the same year with bassist Andy Simpkins, also on Discovery. More recently, since returning to the Chicago area, he recorded with Carl Leukaufe on the Delmark Records release “Warrior” in 1996, with the Doug Lawrence Orchestra on “Big Band Swing” in 2001, and with Bob Dogan on “Salishan” in 2001. He released his own quartet CD entitled “Oracle” on Quailbone records in 1998. He now lives in Pine Valley, CA. A list of these recordings mentioned above and some of the related websites are included here:

Charles McPherson Group, “The Prophet”, 1983, Discovery Records, re-issued on the CD “Follow The Bouncing Ball” in 1990.

Andy Simpkins, “Summer Strut”, 1983, Discovery Records, re-issued on the CD “Calamba” in 1989.,,493487,00.html|SIMPKINS&sql=11:dpfuxqrgld0e~T1

Carl Leukaufe, Warrior, 1996, Delmark Records

Doug Lawrence, “Big Band Swing”, 2001, Doug Lawrence Music.

Bob Dogan, “Salishan”, 2001, Big Foot Records

Kevin Quail, “Oracle”, 1998, Quailbone Music

Included in this packet is a list of festivals, some CD reviews and general work experience for the last 30 years. Since returning to Chicago, Quail has played with many groups, including the Big Band of Chicago weekly at the Green Mill from 1995-1999, The Jazz Members Big Band, Bill O’Connell’s Big Bnad, The St. Charles Art & Music Festival Jazz Orchestra, musicals at Drury Lane, The College of DuPage Arts Center Big Band, with the Doug Lawrence Orchestra at the Black Orchid, trio, quartet, salsa, and wedding bands too numerous to list.


1980- Southwestern College Jazz Festival, Chula Vista, CA- guest soloist

With the Charles McPherson Quintet:

1980- La Jolla Jazz Festival
1982- Kool Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA
1984- Solana Beach Jazz Festival, Solana Beach, CA
1992- Del Mar Jazz Festival, Del Mar, CA

1992- Vallarta Music Festival, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Performed with ten piece Salsa group Es So Es
Also featured at the festival were Mongo Santamaria, Pancho Sanchez, Tony Ortega, Willie Colon and Tania Maria.

1993- Calle Diaz World Music Festival, San Diego, CA
Performed with ten piece Salsa group Es So Es
Also featured were Pancho Sanchez, Marcos Loya

1995 & 1997- St. Charles Art and Music Festival, St. Charles, IL
Member of The Festival Orchestra

1998-Chicago Jazz Festival
Performed with the Jose Valdez Latin Jazztet

Other General Work Experience

Member of Charles McPherson Quintet 1980-1986

Member of the Joe Marillo Quintet 1980-1986

Hal Crook Big Band from 1987-1989

Benny Holman Big Band from 1980-1991 playing conventions and shows backing such stars as Andy Williams, Charo, Julie Budd, Shirley Jones, Foster Brooks, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Glen Campbell, Englebert Humperdink, Tony Orlando, Frankie Avalon, John Davidson, Frankie Laine among others.

Performed with the Benny Holman Big Band at the La Costa Spa and Resort five nights a week

Added as local sideman for Ringling Brothers Barnum& Bailey Circus in San Diego from 1981-1993

Artist in Residence at California State University/ San Marcos. Musical Director and arranger for the African music ensemble Sankofa under the leadership of Dr. Komla Amoaku

Member of salsa/latin jazz groups Es So Es, Afro Rhumba, and Koro Libre from 1982-1993 performing at numerous venues in San Diego, Tiajuana and Ensenada.

Cruise ships- Carnival Cruises, 1989-1990
Holland America, 1994-1995
Norwegian Cruise Lines, 2002

1995 to present- Many various bands around the Chicago area including The Big Band of Chicago at weekly at The Green Mill from 1995-1999, and on occasion with The Jazz Members Big Band, Bill O’Connell Big Band, Lenny King Metropolitan Orchestra, College of DuPage Arts Center Big Band, Jose Valdez Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Spirit of Chicago Jazz Cruises, shows at Drury Lane Theater, many performances of “His Way” with Ron Hawking, The Doug Lawrence Orchestra, trios and quartets at other clubs around Chicago and the Midwest too numerous to mention.


Featured Artist: Kevin Quail Quartet

CD Title: Oracle

Year: 2002

Record Label: Independent

Style: BeBop / Hard Bop

Musicians: Kevin Quail (trombone), Robert Dogan (piano), David Marr (bass), Tim Davis (drums).

Review: This independent release from former Charles McPherson sideman Kevin Quail really swings. The title cut is an original composition by the trombonist inspired by a visit to the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza; accordingly, a photo of this remarkable structure graces the cover of the CD. Five of the seven remaining tracks were written by either bassist David Marr or pianist Robert Dogan. As composers and musicians, the Kevin Quail Quartet turn the difficult trick of making original music that sounds both classic and fresh simultaneously.
Stylistically, the band does a good job of providing a varied set. There's tender ballads like Dogan's "Starting Over," the modal jazz of David Marr's "Marrsville" and the crisp, hard-bopping take of the standard "Will You Still Be Mine" that closes the recording. Oracle has an overall similar feel to a Curtis Fuller-era Jazz Messengers record, an effect aided by drummer Tim Davis. Davis constantly swings, knowing when to ride the cymbals a la Billy Higgins and when to step up and deliver a powerful fill like Art Blakey. Good Stuff.

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Reviewed by: Edward Kane