Quentin Coaxum showed an affinity for music at a very young age. Upon taking up the trumpet in elementary school, he took a liking to the tapes and records left behind by his grandfather. It was these same recordings that inspired him to take an interest in jazz that would later blossom into a passion for all music. Originally growing up just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, Coaxum currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he is an active musician and educator. Quentin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Illinois University, and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from Northwestern University. Coaxum has since graduated and become one of Chicagoʼs brightest emerging young trumpeters.
During his time in Chicago, Coaxum has been a featured performer at The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and the University of Chicago’s Logan Arts Jazz Series. Coaxum’s first album as a leader, “Current”, was released on the Skiptone Music Label in 2014, and can be purchased on iTunes.
As a performer, Coaxum has garnered praise for his ability to compose and perform with modern lyricism while also displaying a knowledge of many musical traditions. His voice as a trumpeter reaches across genres in a way that captivates listeners and fellow musicians alike, and has afforded him the opportunity to perform with many world class musicians. As a performer, he has appeared with Solange Knowles, Jimmy Heath, Robin Eubanks, Victor Goines, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Dustin Laurenzi’s “Snaketime”, Jeff Swanson’s “Case-Fitter”, Christopher McBride’s “Quatuor De Force”, Stu Mindeman’s “Waking Eyes”, the Willerm Delisfort Project, and many more.
Coaxum continues to manage a full teaching schedule while maintaining a busy performance schedule throughout the midwest and abroad.