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Ted Quinlan


TED QUINLAN (guitarist, writer, educator) is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.

His recording credits are numerous, highlighted by performances on Doug Riley’s recording Con Alma and as one of six major Canadian jazz guitarists featured on Radioland Records’ compilation album A Tribute to Wes Montgomery.

A dedicated jazz educator, Ted Quinlan is the long-time head of the Guitar Humber at Humber College, one of North America ’s most respected Jazz Studies institutions.

In 2009, Ted released a trio recording, Streetscape. The album features Kieran Overs (bass) and Ted Warren (drums).

Quinlan and pianist Brian Dickinson released the duo album, Around the Bend, in 2011 on Addo Records. In addition to compositions by both artists, the album features songs by Thelonious Monk and Alex North.


1998 - Jazz Report Ward - 'Guitarist of the Year'