For over a decade, Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe's top jazz/commercial trumpeters, having worked with a plethora of internationally renown artists across many genres.
In the commercial sphere, Quentin has played and recorded with Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Beverley Knight, Girl's Aloud, Alicia Keys, Boy George, Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Omar, Prince, Leona Lewis, US3, Hamish Stuart, Englebert Humperdink, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Roy Ayers, Lemar, Natalie Williams, Paloma Faith, Steve Howe and SunlightSquare.
Among the jazz musicians he has worked with are Tony Kofi, Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello, Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove, Liane Carroll, Gwyneth Herbert, Kyle Eastwood, Phil Robson, Troy Miller, Andrew McCormack, Jim Hart, Renato D'Aieillo, Cleveland Watkiss, Mark Lockheart, Mornington Lockett, Dennis Rollins, Tim Garland, Norma Winstone and Ray Gelato, to name but a few.
In 2007, Quentin released his debut solo album, "If Not Now, Then When?", on SunlightSquare Records to much critical acclaim. Jazzwise Magazine called it an "intensely impressive debut", whilst The Guardian said, "Booker Little's harmonic adventurous and Alex Sipiagin's rich tone can both be heard in Collins' sound on this vigorous set." MOJO magazine, which voted the record one of its Top Ten jazz albums of 2007, said, "superb debut from a trumpeter whose style is an update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach."
Quentin currently co-leads QCBA, a Hammond-organ quartet with tenor sax titan Brandon Allen.
More recently Quentin has been turning his hand to the role of producer, both in his own projects as well of others. In autumn 2013 he was asked by up-and-coming artist Noemi Nuti to co-produce her debut release, 'Nice To Meet You', which features her own co-written material (which includes Andrew McCormack as co-writer), as well as some songs from the standard Brazilian repertoire. This was released in 2015 on Ubuntu Music.
When Quentin isn't composing, recording and touring, he is working as producer with a number of recently signed Ubuntu Music artists, in preparation for their upcoming releases.
QCBA Quartet with Omar MBE