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Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of Canada’s top guitar players. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD " As If" received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. It was followed by “Streetscape” which features him in a trio setting and “Around the Bend”, a duo collaboration with piano great Brian Dickinson. His latest recording “Absolutely Dreaming” is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

Ted’s other numerous recording credits include his performances on Mike Downes’ Juno winning CD’s “Ripple Effect” and “Root Structure”, Doug Riley's "Con Alma", Radioland Records' " Tribute to Wes Montgomery", Phil Dwyer's " Road Stories", Dave Restivo's " Prayer for Humankindness", Ted Warren's " First Time Caller", David Clayton-Thomas’ “Combo” and “Canadiana” and Nancy Walker’s “New Heiroglyphics” and “ ‘Til Now Is Secret”. Ted is the former Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College's Music Program in Toronto.


January 24, 2020 The Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill, Toronto
May 21, 2020 The Jazz Bistro, Toronto


Absolutely Dreaming is the latest release from Toronto jazz guitarist Ted Quinlan. Quinlan is a veteran of the Canadian jazz scene who combines a deeply rooted background in the tradition with an adventurous spirit and an eclectic point of view. He is joined by longtime musical cohorts pianist Brian Dickinson, bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Ted Warren who bring a wealth of experience and a shared affinity for exploring new territory.

The album’s nine original compositions exemplify the range of expression to be found in contemporary jazz. Many of the songs are inspired by Quinlan’s love of travel. Cheticamp is named for the beautiful Cape Breton town. Babylon captures the spirit of a Long Island seaside community that became a regular destination during driving trips from New York City. La Bionda comes from the name of a Berlin restaurant that served as a refuge during a powerful summer thunderstorm.

Melody and groove propel the tracks and provide a basis for the bands’ prodigious improvisational skills. While the concept of the “tune” still reigns supreme, the forms are challenging and unpredictable and lead the band to surprising places.

Quinlan’s guitar, the group’s distinctive lead voice, draws from a variety of sounds, all of which have been crafted to the needs of the particular tunes. From the warm timbres of Building 8 and Twilight Sky to the edgier tones of Not What It Seems and X Marks The Spot, this record is sure to intrigue fans of modern jazz guitar playing.

The title of the record, Absolutely Dreaming, alludes to the creative interplay one finds between the far reaches of the artistic imagination and the discipline and precision required to venture out toward its fringes.

Absolutely Dreaming will be released worldwide on Friday, November 29th, 2019.