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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Quentin E. Baxter

2017 Artist Award

Quentin BaxterA native Charlestonian, Quentin E. Baxter was born into a family of drummers. Drawing upon Gullah traditions, Baxter has developed a stellar reputation as a jazz percussionist, arranger, composer and producer. Through his associations with other prominent musicians, he has brought South Carolina’s vibrant jazz tradition to people around the world. He has performed at numerous locations, including the Kennedy Center, at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, Va., and for multiple events, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. Baxter’s accolades include recognition of his producing and performing skills with two GRAMMY nominations, including for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Rene Marie’s album Sound of Red. Baxter was the first person to occupy the drum chair for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and is a founding member of Jazz Artists of Charleston. He also serves as musical director for the Charleston Jazz Initiative, a research project that documents the African American jazz tradition and its diasporic movement through the U. S. and Europe. In addition to being a leading performer, Baxter is an alumnus of and adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston School of the Arts -- a gifted teacher who helps his students grow as artists, performers and future professional musicians. This commitment to greater community is a testament to Baxter’s belief that music is something to be nourished, documented and shared.


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