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30 UNDER 30: Quincy Chimich, student/musician
High School: Hugh McRoberts
Quincy Chimich was playing his first real jazz club gig—and he was doing it at Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club at age 16.
The recent McRoberts’ grad called it an adrenaline rush, and an important moment. He realized how happy he was performing music for an audience.
The music bug bit him early. He remembers his five-year-old self trying to play jazz songs on the piano that he had heard from his parents’ music collection.
Today Chimich is pursuing his passion on a scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Between classes, he’s practising music, playing gigs and watching live music.
Chimich is primarily a jazz piano player, but he also plays hip hop, R&B and other styles. A future in performing is his goal, along with possibly starting a record label and travelling around the world—playing music.
Inspiration? “One of my musical idols and one of my biggest inspirations is legendary jazz pianist Harold Mabern. He is one of my influences on the piano and he has been a great mentor to me ever since I came to New York. His devotion and passion for music and education is beautiful and inspiring. He has taught me so much and I aspire to be like him someday.”
Most proud of? “I’m most proud of the fact that I was able to come to New York City at such a young age and study at a prestigious jazz school. I’m also proud that I have such a wide taste in music and that I have an open mind.”
Advice? “Follow your passion and what you love to do, because there is truly nothing greater than doing the thing you love to do as your career. It is pointless to do something you don’t enjoy or to get into a career for the wrong reasons… Dream big, anything is possible with hard work and dedication.”