Alan was less than five years old when he started playing the piano, and took up the trumpet in high school. Alan formed The Alan Quinn Orchestra in 1982 as a way to showcase his talents on both instruments. When not working with the band, Alan keeps very busy as a church organist, freelance trumpeter and piano player.
Alan’s trumpet career includes performances with:
- Gary US Bonds (“Quarter to Three” and many others) 2016 & 2017
Natalie Cole – NYC June 2015 at Town Hall, as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival (see photo under “Trumpet Stuff” page)
- Alan has played on Broadway Shows including:
“Kinky Boots” (2015 with Wayne Brady – NYC 2015 – 2016)
“Gigi” (with Vanessa Hudgens – NYC 2015)
“Pippin” (with Lucie Arnaz – NYC 2013)
“Jesus Christ Superstar” (NYC 2012)
“Catch Me If You Can” (with Tom Wopat – NYC 2011)
- The Big Apple Circus (2007 – 2013)
- “Beatlemania”, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Lou Christie, The New York Voices, Jake (Raging Bull) LaMotta, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Phoebe Snow, The Regents, Connie Francis, the Coasters, The Happenings, Gene Chandler, The Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, Don Cornell, Marshall Crenshaw
- Jazz notables such as: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Urbie Green, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Barry Harris, Joe Locke, Dr. Jon Hendricks, Charles McPherson, Byron Stripling, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Tofani, Bob Mintzer, Conrad Herwig, Rufus Reid, Paquito D’Rivera, Walt Weiskopf, the New York Voices, Claudio Roditi, John Fedchock, Lew Tebaken, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Peter Erskine, Jim Pugh, Rufus Reid, Benny Golson and many more!
- Alan was featured at a New York Mets game playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ on trumpet.
Alan has worked with acts such as Bobby Rydell, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Connie Francis and the Big Apple Circus as both a keyboard and trumpet player at different times. The pic at the piano above was taken at a very well attended event for singer Bobby Rydell.