Quentin Baxter


Educated in the public schools of Charleston County and graduate of the College of Charleston (Bachelor of Arts – Music Theory & Composition), Quentin E. Baxter cultivated his musical talents under the wings of regional legends/mentors Robert Ephraim, Oscar Rivers, Jr, Lonnie Hamilton III, George Kenney, Dr. David Maves, Teddy Adams, and Delbert Felix.

Currently touring worldwide with award-winning vocalist and composer René Marie, Grammy-nominated vocalist Freddy Cole, and the popular ensemble, Ranky Tanky, Baxter regularly performs many prestigious venues and festivals. He’s performed at The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Joy of Jazz Festival (South Africa), Toulouse Jazz Festival (France), Umbria Jazz Festival and Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Italy), and, of course, Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston).

Baxter has worked with other great artists including Monty Alexander, Ernest Ranglin, Wycliff Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Allan Harris, Fred Wesley, Houston Person, Marcus Roberts, Joey DeFrancesco, James Spaulding, Bobby Watson, Ira Sullivan, Billy Childs, Eddie Henderson, Donald Byrd, Charlie Byrd, Gregory Hines, Sonny Fortune, Doug Carn, Marcus Printup, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Ronald Westray, Me’Shell NdegéOcello and India.Arie.

Baxter is the CEO of his music production company, Baxter Music Enterprises, LLC. In 2012, BME, LLC teamed up with Sermet’s Downtown, LLC to create Charleston’s only “listening room” experience, The Mezz – Charleston Jazz Bar. Baxter received the South Carolina Governor's Award for the Arts in 2017, South Carolina’s highest award given in the arts. As a result of this award, Mayor John Tecklenburg presented him with a Proclamation from the City of Charleston -- “Quentin E. Baxter Day” celebrated on April 25, 2017.

Baxter’s passion for worldwide performances is equalled by his dedication to educate, promote, produce, and present world-class artists in his hometown, Charleston, SC. As the host of IN THE MIX with the College's Arts Management Program, Baxter will be able to share the full breadth of his music industry knowledge and experience with a greater student population as well as the Charleston community as a whole.


B.A. in Music (Music Theory and Composition)
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Courses Taught

ARTM 210: Introduction to Music Industry