Trumpeter and composer J.Q. Whitcomb doesn’t just play jazz. He creates moods. From poignant, reflective tenderness to brash and boisterous exuberance, his compositions evoke adventures and romances, his trumpet playing the ever-adaptable thespian that commands every ear’s attention to the end.
J.Q.’s debut album Airports was released to critical acclaim in April 2011, combining spirited live recordings made during his quintet’s 4-year stint at JZ Club in Shanghai with studio recordings from studio sessions recorded in 2008 in Shanghai. All the tracks feature J.Q.’s quintet Five Below, and except for Mal Waldron’s classic ballad Soul Eyes, all the compositions are J.Q.’s originals. Airports is available for purchase on iTunes and other major online retailers.
J.Q. was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he started playing professionally as a teenager in a variety of musical styles including jazz, classical, funk, ska, and reggae. He graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Performance and a B.A. in Chinese Language from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, having studied trumpet with jazz trumpet masters Marcus Belgrave and Kenny Davis there. Since then he has shared the stage with a number of world-class jazz performers including DeeDee Bridgewater, Laura Fygi, China Moses, Filo Machado, Sinne Eeg, Sergio Brandao, Valtinho Anastacio, Robin Eubanks, Clark Terry, Neal Creque, Greg Bandy, and Peter Dominguez.