Brian Quezerque / Clarence Johnson III Project

June 29 at 7:00 PM

Brian Quezergue’s introduction to music began as child while accompanying his father, legendary composer and arranger, Dr. Wardell Quezergue, on various performances and recording sessions.  Although never forced to play an instrument during childhood, from his father Brian garnered a love for music and learned the importance of diligence, practice, and the knowledge of one’s instrument.  Due to this early exposure, no prodding was necessary; Brian decided to become a musician.

 

Initially Brian studied the piano, but later became enamored with the bass guitar.  His formal training began in 1993 at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and the Jazz and Heritage School of Music where he was instructed by some of New Orleans’ most respected and accomplished talents such as Clyde Kerr Jr., Edward “Kidd” Jordan and Elton Heron.  During Brian’s tenure at NOCCA, he was given the esteemed opportunity to play alongside his mentors.  Concurrent to this scholastic period, his persistence and hard work paid off as he was offered and accepted the position of the primary bass player for his father’s band, The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra.

 

Brian later attended Southern University at New Orleans where he studied Instrumental Music Education. There he had the privilege of studying with more New Orleans’ and international music greats.  Eventually Brain began traveling nationally and internationally performing with great musicians such as Wardell Quezergue, The Wild Magnolias, Alvin Batiste, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Clyde Kerr Jr., Dr. John, Kent Jordan, and Courtney Bryant. Brian’s talents have afforded him the opportunity to perform in esteemed venues such as The Blue Note in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Brian graduated in 2003 from Southern University at New Orleans.

 

After more than a decade of traveling and recording, Brian decided that the time was right for him to add his voice to the cultural and musical landscape as a solo artist.  As a result of his multi-genre exposure dating back to childhood, Brian’s original compositions can be best described as an amalgamation of various musical forms.

 

With first his first solo effort Reflections, Brian seeks not only to promote himself as a solo artist; He seeks to help lift the bass guitar from its lowly perceived position as a secondary and/or background instrument to a more prominent and respected position in the minds and psyche of music-lovers and aficionados alike.

 

Brian is currently a music instructor in the Firstline Charter School system and The Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp. He is also a Minister of Music at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. In May 2014, he received a Master’s of music degree from the University of New Orleans.