has been a major figure in the world of jazz for over 30 years, both in New York and on the international scene. His sound, soul, and sense of swing have landed him in the bands of the legendary Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Grammy-winner Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bob Mintzer, Charles Earland, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller and Joe Chambers.
has become one of the giants of tenor saxophone, releasing 41 albums as leader. Influenced by Dexter Gordon and George Coleman, but gradually developing a more original sound, Alexander has also worked with Mel Rhyne, Cecil Payne, Kenny Barron, and Eddie Henderson, among others.
is one of a handful of contemporary pianists who has mastered all of the major musical skills. Thus it’s no surprise that he’s the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time, having recorded thirty-five cd’s as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman. A Milwaukee native, David was playing the clubs as a preteen, and before he’d even come of age he was already grabbing the attention and respect of jazz legends like Sonny Stitt, and Chet Baker.
is one of the premier, most celebrated bass players in the world. During his extensive musical career Billy has worked with many acclaimed artists, among them Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Prince, Les Paul and Steve Miller, just to name a few.
In addition to his ownership and management of the Artists Quarter for 18 years, Kenny Horst is one of the most popular drummers in the area. He worked with Bobby Lyle for three years at the Blue Note in New York, toured with Jimmy McGriff, briefly with Al Hirt, and locally has played with many of the national and local artists booked at the AQ, including Eric Alexander, Lew Tabackin, Jim Rotondi and Diane Witherspoon.