Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet

  • Genre
  • Jazz
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Jazz ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Jazz ★
  • Musicians
    • Aaron Smith — trumpet
    • Alex Raymond — keyboard
    • Ben Kopf — upright/electric bass
    • Levi Saelua — alto saxophone
    • Patrick Anderson — drums
    • Shawn Thwaites — steel drums
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?

02.04.19

"Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder.

How do you describe your music to people?

02.04.19

A balanced mix of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

Tell us about how the band formed.

02.04.19

The band formed as collective of musicians from Shine coffee shop.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.

02.04.19

Our best show was when we opened for Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott at Harlow's.

What was the first song you learned to play?

02.04.19

Blue Monk.

What's next for the band?

02.04.19

New album with Strq x Camilla and an East Coast tour.

What's the story behind the band name?

02.04.19

STRQ formed out of a local jam session at Shine coffee shop, and the rest is history.

What's your favorite local artist/group?

02.04.19

Camilla Covington, Alicia Hall & Hayez, Leigh Vaughn.

Who are your biggest influences?

02.04.19

Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder.

Who first inspired you to play music?

02.04.19

My father inspired me to play initially and later jazz musicians.

Words to live by?

02.04.19

Quality over quantity.

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