Quentin Angus

Picture of Dr. Quentin Angus

Assistant Professor of Music
Music and Art

EMAIL: qangus@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: F-1110

Office Hours: Monday 11am, Wednesday 1pm, Friday 11am

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1473

Professor Angus is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Jazz & Popular Music at BMCC. Beginning his journey in Eden Valley, a small South Australian country town with a population of only 200, guitarist/composer Quentin Angus has been based in the world’s Mecca for jazz—New York City—since 2010.

Described by critics as “Lord of the strings”– The Age (Michael Dwyer), “The Future of Jazz Composition”– Paul Williams (ASCAP), and “Exuberant, richly melodic and smartly arranged”– Richard Kamins (Culture Creature), Angus has been leaving audiences in awe around the world with performances in Holland, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. This includes appearances at the ‘Montreux International Jazz Festival’ (Switzerland), ‘Melbourne International Jazz Festival’ (Australia), and ‘Jazz Hoeilaart Festival’ (Belgium), along with the release of three critically acclaimed albums as a band leader, ‘In Stride’ (2018), described as “Eclectic, dynamic and lyrical” – Dragon Jazz, ‘Perception’ (2013), described as “A truly special and essential recording” – Jazz Inside Magazine (Eric Harabadian), and ‘Retrieval Structure’ (2011), described as “fresh, sophisticated, vibrant and formidable”– All About Jazz (Edward Blanco).

Angus’ has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries Ari Hoenig, Kevin Hays, Jon Gordon, Shai Maestro, Colin Stranahan, Linda Oh, Rogerio Boccatto, Jo Lawry, Elliot Mason, and Will Vinson. As part of his formal academic education, he has received instruction from Jason Moran, Nate Smith, John Riley, Todd Coolman, Hal Galper, Jonathan Kreisberg, Randy Johnston, Pat Martino, Adam Rodgers, and Carmen Lundy.


Jazz and Popular Music


PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), awarded with a ‘Deans Commendation’

Master of Music Degree (Jazz Performance) under the tutelage of John Abercrombie, awarded ‘Summa Cum Laude’.

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

PhD Thesis: https://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/handle/2440/86585

“Phrasing and polyrhythm in contemporary jazz guitar: a portfolio of recorded performances and exegesis.”

This dissertation examines, through transcription, analysis, and performance, the use of rhythmic devices by two pivotal contemporary jazz guitarists, John Abercrombie and Gilad Hekselman. An in depth examination of phrasing (Chapter One) and polyrhythm (Chapter Two) are underpinned by transcriptions by the author of Abercrombie’s Straight Flight (1979), Hekselman’s entire discography as a leader, Splitlife (2006), Words Unspoken (2008), Hearts Wide Open (2011), and This Just In (2013), along with selections of Ari Hoenig’s Bert’s Playground (2008) (Volume Three: Appendix Seven: pp. 3-231). Interviews with Abercrombie, Hekselman, and Hoenig are also integral to the research (Appendix Five: pp. 135-153). The transcription and analysis culminated in a comprehensive list of various devices relating to phrasing and polyrhythm (Appendix Four: pp. 132-134). This list was used as a practical application guide, including expansions of concepts and personal explorations that are discussed throughout this exegesis. The focal point of this performance based dissertation is four CD recordings (Volume Two), a total of four hours of music, in which the findings of the research are applied: CD1: Retrieval Structure, CD2: Abercrombie and Hekselman Duets, CD3: Perception, and CD4: Disc One: Abercrombie and Hekselman Repertoire/Disc Two: Ari Hoenig Session. These recordings include performances with Gilad Hekselman, John Abercrombie, and Ari Hoenig, all of whom provided the initial focus of the research in the transcription and analysis phase.


Angus’ is the author of five original transcription books of Gilad Hekselman improvisations: ‘Splitlife’ (2012), ‘Words Unspoken’ (2012), ‘Hearts Wide Open’ (2012), ‘This Just In’ (2013), and ‘Homes’ (2015). He has also been published by ‘MelBay’, ‘Jazz Heaven’, and the ‘NZMiC’ music journal along with conducting presentations of his academic research at music conferences across Australasia.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

APRA Art Music Award for ‘Excellence in Jazz’ (2012), subsequent nominations in 2013 (‘Excellence in Jazz’) and 2014 (‘Work of the Year’)

Three ASCAP ‘Young Jazz Composer Awards’ (2012/2013/2015)

Five Downbeat Magazine Awards in the ‘Composition’ (2011/2012/2014) and ‘Soloist’ (2012/2014) categories

Channel 9 ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ (Arts Category/2013).

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