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Peggy Duquesnel / Press

“Peggy Duquesnel creates a Christmas Classic! Duquesnel has a relaxed, easy style, both vocally and instrumentally, creating a distinctive musical voice.”

"A Charlie Brown Christmas," featuring the Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the true standouts, yet few subsequent releases have mined the jazz territory explored on that album. Jazz singer-keyboardist and composer Peggy Duquesnel has just issued the wonderful "All I Ask for christmas," an ambitious two-disc album that captures the magic of that beloved vintage release as well as the melancholy of some of that era's golden recordings.

Robert Kinsler - The Desert Star

“Peggy's latest musical offering is a beautiful double disc of holiday music. Each song is an incredible jazzed up re-interpretation of some of your favorite holiday music and of course there are a few of Peggy's originals that will keep you interested in her long after the holidays are over simply because of her lovely vocals and impeccable pianos skills.”

“Over the years she’s worked with artists like Alan Broadbent of Local 802 (New York City), Henry Mancini, Dionne Warwick, Al Schmitt, and fellow Local 47 members Jeff Lorber, Jeff Hamilton, and John Patitucci.”

“This project is a thoroughly enjoyable offering, and if I wore a hat, I'd certainly be taking it off to Peggy and friends. High marks for arrangements and production as well.”

“With mad skills and a great attitude, Duquesnel is a stock whose arrow is pointing straight up.”

“Duquesnel has a soft spot for helping others. “I think that charity is really important, and as artists, we bring something unique to the world,” she says. Duquesnel is a firm believer in giving back and likes to play volunteer events and benefits for other organizations that are important to her.”

“Duquesnel’s life-long relationship with music was sparked at around age six when she began piano lessons. She was writing songs at 12 years old. “It was kind of a natural thing I developed over time. I’ve really been composing my whole life,” she says. She kept busy in college performing professionally and teaching private lessons. Today, Duquesnel is still mentoring people and conducts clinics at various locations on jazz education and improvisation. She is working on her own education materials to be released next year. “Education is very important to me. It’s important to mentor the next generation of musicians,” she says explaining how she balances pedagogy and composition. “I try to be creative in writing on a weekly basis.”

“Pianist, singer, and composer Peggy Duquesnel of Locals 7 (Orange County, CA), 47 (Los Angeles, CA), and 343 (Long Beach, CA) is a musical force to be reckoned with. With more than 25 years of professional experience and a BA in music from CSU Northridge, Duquesnel has nine CDs as a featured artist. The repertoire on her critically-acclaimed albums crosses several genres—classical, pop, jazz, inspirational, Christian, and more.”

““Relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, Duquesnel is a double threat. She can either nab you with her gentle vocals or her suave and competent work on piano.””

““Peggy is not only a captivating songwriter but she’s a fine pianist too. There is a Bill Evans quality to her playing and her harmonies.””

Bob Snyder - Jazz Programmer WRST-FM

“Peggy's latest musical offering is a beautiful double disc of holiday music. Each song is an incredible jazzed up re-interpretation of some of your favorite holiday music and of course there are a few of Peggy's originals that will keep you interested in her long after the holidays are over simply because of her lovely vocals and impeccable pianos skills.”

“Ms. Duquesnel is clearly an avid student of the history of jazz. She lets on right at the beginning of this recording as she launches into a magnificent vamp from Miles Davis “All Blues” to introduce an utterly beautiful version of “Little Drummer Boy.” That Ms. Duquesnel is a fine pianist goes without saying. Her soli are exceptionally controlled and elegant and superbly crafted as if she were creating a great baroque edifice. The African-Cuban version of “O Christmas Tree” is almost too delicious to enjoy.”

“When Duquesnel adds some sugar and spice with her delightful voice added to her fine pianism, the effect is quite amazing! Who knew that there would be a performer who would give Diana Krall and Patricia Barber a run for their money?”

“Ms. Duquesnel’s version of “What Child is This” written in the almost identical quintuple (5/4) time that Paul Desmond wrote the classic “Take Five” But that is where the similarity ends? Not quite, as Joe La Barbera’s solo almost follows Joe Morello’s solo note for note in an extraordinary tribute to one of the most famous and inventive quartets in the history of jazz.”

“One of the most outstanding Christmas albums is most certainly the double album produced by pianist and vocalist Peggy Duquesnel. All I Ask for Christmas (Joy Spring Music) features a whole CD of instrumental versions of traditional Christmas carols and songs. But there are also four originals by the pianist, “All I Ask for Christmas,” “Christmas is Here” “Under The Christmas Tree” and the spiritually inclined “Light of Christmas”.”

“I can spend hours looking for the perfect holiday music and what I love most is instrumental. My choice this year is Peggy Duquesnel’s "All I Ask For Christmas."All twelve instrumentals on this disc are amazing. This is not the traditional playings of "Little Drummer Boy" or "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," Duquesnel has taken the traditional into the present with jazziness and swing, yet she has managed to keep the familiar within the music, so as to bring the song to a newer and more interesting level. Disc Two: Is where Peggy lets loose with her beautiful vocal style. Track four is the beautiful "Silent Night." "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is done in a whimsical, jazzy style with Peggy’s vocals really matching up wonderfully. So many great songs on this two disc cd set for everyone to enjoy. I have found my new favorite for this holiday season.”

“Peggy Duquesnel's Jazzy finger-snapping holiday release, ‘All I Ask for Christmas,' features Grammy nominated Rick Braun. My favorite cuts on the "All I Ask For Christmas" project include (on the instrumental) "Mary Did You Know" because I love how her fingers glide over the keys like an angel dancing for Christ; "What Child Is This," a finger popping selection; "Silent Night" because the way her fingers work on the piano; "O Christmas Tree" because of how she transitions from a slow version into a Jazz/Funk flavored number, and on her vocal disk I like her vocals on "Mary Did You Know" and the title track "All I Ask For Christmas," which features Bill Cantos' vocal assist, for its pure Jazz feel - you will also find Peggy scatting expertly.”

"A Charlie Brown Christmas," featuring the Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the true standouts, yet few subsequent releases have mined the jazz territory explored on that album. Jazz singer-keyboardist and composer Peggy Duquesnel has just issued the wonderful "All I Ask for christmas," an ambitious two-disc album that captures the magic of that beloved vintage release as well as the melancholy of some of that era's golden recordings.

“This two-disc instrumental jazz and jazz vocal release from California’s Peggy Duquesnel is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Duquesnel definitely puts her own signature on the songs found here, including timeless pieces like “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Christmas Tree,” “Silent Night,” and “What Child Is This?” This disc can provide the perfect soundtrack to any holiday cocktail party.The second disc showcases Duquesnel’s vocal prowess along with assists from two other fine singers, Bill Cantos and Emma Werderman makes this part of the collection a nice counterpoint to the first. Other guest artists performing on this collection include legendary jazz bassist Brian Bromberg as well as contemporary Jazz giant Rick Braun on the flugelhorn. All I Ask for Christmas is a title that needs to find its way into many a Christmas stocking this December 25th.”

“Take for example one of Peggy’s own songs, the jazzily mellow ‘All I Ask For Christmas’ where Braun’s smoky flugelhorn captivates and is wonderfully in sync with Duquesnel’s picture perfect playing. Equally appealing is another Duquesnel original, the warmly inviting ‘Christmas Is Here’ while of the traditional tunes there is much to commend Peggy’s instrumental version of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ that has been singled out for airplay on smooth jazz radio.”

“One need only recall standout holiday releases from Brian Culbertson and Boney James to understand what good can look like while another fine example is the newly released two-CD collection from classically-trained pianist and vocalist Peggy Duquesnel. Titled ‘All I Ask For Christmas’ it features instrumentals on one disc, vocals on the other and, joy upon joy, four of Peggy’s original compositions.”

“Of course the secret of really great smooth jazz festive fare is in the originality that the artist brings to the music. With contributions from Brian Bromberg, Jay Leach, Brian Kilgore, Joe La Barbera and Rick Braun, this isn’t just a fine seasonal album, it’s a splendid jazz album.”

“Peggy Duquesnel creates a Christmas Classic! Duquesnel has a relaxed, easy style, both vocally and instrumentally, creating a distinctive musical voice.”

“Sometimes you should not wait until Christmas to give gifts to yourself or others. "All I Ask for Christmas" is an ideal present for the quick deciders.”

“Throughout, Peggy's backed by a star quartet - Brian Bromberg (bass) Joe La Barbera (drums), Jay Leach (guitar) and Brian Kilgore (percussion) and between them they offer versions of tunes like 'Little Drummer Boy', 'Silent Night' and 'O Christmas Tree' in a style that mixes the classic Christmas sounds of the 50s with the flavour of contemporary acoustic jazz.”

“Peggy transforms many of our beloved Christmas carols into seriously bopping and strolling jazz numbers sprinkled with a healthy amount of country influence.”

“Each track has its own appealing twist – like “What Child Is This?” resembling “Take Five.”

“An elegant and sophisticated riff on Christmas favorites and inspired originals! Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com”

“Pianist/vocalist and composer Peggy Duquesnel releases a 5 song ep here that mixes gentle pop and jazz with some of the best LA cats around. Along with Jeff Lorber/key, Jimmy Haslip/b, Rick Braun/tp-fh, Michael Thompson and a collection of background vocalists and drummers, she displays excellent depth in lyrics about intriguing aspects of relationships. Her warm and reassuring voice gently glides over the title track, while a funky feel permeates through “When I Think of You” and “Bird on a Leash” (which also features some nice horn work by Braun). An intriguing reading of the pop standard “Rainy Days and Mondays” includes an embracing vocal choir chanting through the material, making the song almost anthematic. Duquensel continues to move forward in presenting music gentle on your mind.”

“This project is a thoroughly enjoyable offering, and if I wore a hat, I'd certainly be taking it off to Peggy and friends. High marks for arrangements and production as well.”

“When I Think Of You" is jazzier, with an R&B twist that include nice horns and a superb solo from Rick Braun is musically and lyrically strong. This is definitely one of my favorite cuts.”

“The 5 track EP is somewhat of a departure from Peggy's Jazz and inspirational repertoire, demonstrating that the lady can deliver on any level she chooses.”

“Duquesnel has some killer skill sets as a contemporary singer songwriter and along the way has got to know the great Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip for co-production help in Seems Like I Know You.”

“Duquesnel has a voice as smooth and easy as Sunday morning coffee.”

"When I Think Of You" is a R&B kicked up a notch with horn powered depth of Rick Braun on trumpet and flugelhorn.

“With mad skills and a great attitude, Duquesnel is a stock whose arrow is pointing straight up.”

“Smooth/contemporary jazzers of the typical persuasion probably seldom get to sit down and mellow out to grooves like you’ll hear on this album. One truly admirable piece of art.”

“Relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, Duquesnel is a double threat. She can either nab you with her gentle vocals or her suave and competent work on piano.”

“The magnetism of the subtle and well-arranged finale “Bird on a Leash” is, at once, seductive and classy with Lorber on guitar and Braun’s trumpet complementing the vocals and piano of Duquesnel."”

“The title track places you at ease with the harrowing world as it sways and gently serenades. Lorber co-wrote track two, “When I Think of You,” with Duquesnel, a light and snappy number featuring Duquesnel’s serene vocals, Lorber on guitar, the smooth soothing groove of guest trumpeter Rick Braun, and the thick runs of bassist Haslip. The sway continues with “That’s How It Always Goes,” another gentle tune with a solid rhythm and nice snap and features some really nifty guitar work by Michael Thompson.The cover of the 1971 Carpenters melodically sweet tune “Rainy Days and Mondays” shows off Duquesnel’s vocals and piano skills handsomely.”

"SEEMS LIKE WE KNOW HER" PEGGY DUQUESNEL is a classically trained pianist from Orange County, California. After graduating from California State University with a piano degree, she worked with people like DIONNE WARWICK and JOHN PATTITUCCI before releasing her own solo jazz album 'Where Is Love' in 1999. Five more jazz albums followed but since working with JEFF LORBER and JIMMY HASLIP (of the YELLOW JACKETS) she's decided to try her hand at a smoother kind of jazz. To that end, she's just released a 5 track EP – 'Seems Like I Know You' which features her take on the genre. Featuring her own vocals, it needs to be said that it's a poppy take on smooth jazz but it's none the less catchy, if a little sweet – most notably the self-penned 'When I Think Of You'. PEGGY'S also brave enough to take on a bona-fide pop classic ... and she makes a decent job of THE CARPENTERS' iconic 'Rainy Days And Mondays'.

“With mad skills and a great attitude, Duquesnel is a stock whose arrow is pointing straight up. Duquesnel has some killer skill sets as a contemporary singer songwriter and along the way has got to know the great Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip for co-production help in Seems Like I Know You. Peggy Duquesnel wrote or co wrote four tunes including the the first radio single "When I Think Of You" which is a little R&B nasty kicked up a notch with horn powered depth of Rick Braun on trumpet and flugelhorn. From a vocal standpoint think "Sunday morning jazz" and you have Peggy nailed. Another gem from this release includes "That's How It Aways Goes" with Haslip's bass turning a melancholy sonic sea into an optimistic adventure with the closing tune in a tasty cover of the Carpenter's "Rainy Days and Monday'" Duquesnel has a voice as smooth and easy as Sunday morning coffee and the talents of Lorber and Haslip certainly speak for themselves.”

"LA - based Peggy Duquesnel sings, plays piano and writes in the jazz tradition of guys like Dick Hyman and Ralph Sutton...she brings her clear yet unassuming voice to mature originals like 'Promised Land' and the title track."

"The title song is an original with a lovely melody and touching lyrics...'In The Quiet Hours' and 'Promised Land,' are two other originals that further demonstrate how well the entertainer matches music and words."

Cam Miller - The American Rag

"Peggy Duquesnel sounds like a smokier version of Rosemary Clooney. Her voice is bright and buoyant with burnt honey shadings..."

Alonzo Weston - St. Joseph News-Press

"Duquesnel's keyboards are right on time all the way through the album and clearly show her love of playing."

Dick Metcalf - Improvijazzation Nation

"She writes some nice tunes, like the title cut. And her choice of standards suit her own vocal style."

"The original tracks on Summertime Lullaby are sensitive and sincere; you can hear for yourself how much Duquesnel has put into writing the lyrics and composing the music."

"Orange County jazz pianist Peggy Duquesnel, who played keyboards in Warwick's band from 1996 to 1998, recalls that period with fondness. 'Dionne had a very natural way with the audience, telling little stories, and her singing was so musical,' she says. 'She had a great respect for the songwriters, and that came through in performance. It was an honor to work for her.'"

"Her voice is very calming like Janis Siegel, where you not only hear her love for jazz and singing, but simply a love of music."

"Her voice is clear and pure and she is unafraid to divide her arrangements between extended piano solos and the lyrics of the songs she has arranged."

"Peggy Duquesnel has all the accoutrements needed to make a lasting and positive impression on listeners minds."

"Duquesnel’s vocals, be they bluesy or joyful are tailored to the many moods of the season." Some of her solo work, such as “Satin Doll” and “Take the ‘A’ Train” manifest themselves as heartfelt tributes to their respective composers, peer to peer, as it were.

"Duquesnel knows how to reach her audience and her singing is very appealing. 'Stay As Sweet As You Are,' composed by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel has truly sweet lyrics and, for me, was an emotional experience to see and hear live from Duquesnel’s quartet."

"This album is a treasure for the discerning ear... It is jazz at it's best. Her piano solo makes ones foot tap and brings a smile..."

"The California-based singer has come up with some smooth arrangements for a clutch of well loved jazz standards, interspersed with four of her own compositions including the languid title track, which sets the scene for a thoroughly enjoyable set."

"Saddleback Church’s Rick Muchow and Riverphlo artist Andraé Crouch led two equally unique and inspiring bands of praise. The NAMM crowd isn’t known for its early risers on Sunday, but Rick and his all-star band got things fired up at 9am! Not long after, a special guest appearance was made by David Pack of Ambrosia fame, who shared a soulful rendition of his classic “Biggest Part Of Me.” Rick’s ensemble was a musical tour-de-force, featuring the jazz piano/vocal stylings of Peggy Duquesnel on V-Piano® and the incomparable Don Lewis on the new V-Combo organ. This diverse array of talent and styles combined to create a memorable performance that energized the congregation, which grew steadily throughout the morning."