Youth Achievement Award: Quincy Bullen

Quincy Bullen -- Youth AchievementFollowing in the footsteps of his Juno award-winning father, Eddie Bullen, 22-year old jazz pianist, Quincy Bullen, has become an experienced, adept keyboardist who puts a charming spin on all his performances.

Extraordinarily talented, with a great sense of timing, the young Bullen wows audiences across Ontario and the Caribbean. His jazz, infused with a funky vibe repertoire, includes his own versions of popular standards from jazz, R&B and soul, along with his original compositions.

A founding member of the Quintessential Boys, the successful jazz band now includes a mixture of emerging musicians and seasoned jazz professionals.

Working with his father, Bullen has released his first solo album, On Q, with mostly original material featuring: Larnell Lewis on drums, Alex Toth on bass and Rob Christian on sax. The new CD demonstrates Quincy’s funky jazz vibe and his sensitivity as a composer.

Since performing at  Sunfest Festival for an audience of eight thousand at age seven, he has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto Distillery District, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Collingwood Jazz & Blues Festival, Niagara Smooth Jazz Fest, the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, and various festivals in Canada.

Bullen has performed with international hip hop artist and actor, Common, at Filmore Theatre in Detroit, for the VIP night at the International Auto Show and for the University of the West Indies Gala at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, and has been a staple at Toronto’s premiere Black History Month Awards Gala, the African Canadian Achievement Awards.

He has an active acting career which has yielded him several roles on stage, television, commercials and in film such as, Kit Kittredge: American Girl (A Julia Roberts Film), and television shows, Degrasi: The Next Generation, Bomb Girls, 11th Hour and Wingin’ It. Bullen also played principal roles in the movie, “Evel Knievel”, and you may have even seen him on commercials like Kraft Dinner, Roadrunner and MasterCard.

Natural ability and tenacity are important ingredients to his success; a commitment to excellence remains the glue of his growth and continuity.