All I Ask for Christmas

PEGGY DUQUESNEL is pleased to present her latest recording, “All I Ask for Christmas,” a double album with 21
tracks separated into an instrumental disc and a vocal disc. The project features several popular Christmas
standards along with four of Peggy’s original Christmas songs. It highlights her fluid piano improvisations
and inviting vocals with a trio that includes Brian Bromberg on bass and Joe La Barbera on drums. Extra
finesse and colors are added by Brian Kilgore on percus-W. Rick Braun on flugelhorn and Jay Leach on guitar.
Vocalist Bill Cantos is featured on three duets with Peggy, including the title cut, as well as introducing
vocalist Emma Werderman, who joins Peggy on Mary Did You Know for another moving duet. Duquesnel’s jazzy / pop arrangements
and songwriting capture her eclectic jazz background and warm personality.

Brian Bromberg – Bass
Joe La Barbera – Drums
Brian Kilgore – Percussion
Jay Leach – Guitar
Rick Brown – Fligelhorn
Bill Cantos – Vocals
Emma Werderman – Vocals

     “An elegant and sophisticated riff on Christmas favorites and inspired originals!”

Brent Black, Critical Jazz

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

Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Ride

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Peggy Duquesnel All I Ask For Christmas JoySpring 2013

An elegant and sophisticated riff on Christmas favorites and inspired originals!

Brent Black /

Christmas does seem to come earlier every year but a little Holiday heads up on Christmas releases can hopefully save you a little time, trouble and effort this year. Peggy Duquesnel’s All I Ask For Christmas hits the shelves on November 5th and this two disc set is classic Christmas with a slight contemporary twist. A two disc set may seem like too much music for some but this is actually where the release takes off with one instrumental and one vocal disc.

Peggy Duquesnel has an old school voice with style, sophistication and the ability to play catch and release with a note that rivals some of the major label singers that bang out overly commercial and equally as predictable seasonal releases. The band here is first rate including bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Joe La Barbera while the entire accompanying 4tet is on point, spirits are also raised with special guest Rick Braun on flugelhorn. The instrumental disc has the traditional cast of lyrical characters including “Little Drummer Boy” along with “O Christmas Tree” and “What Child Is This.” The vocal disc ventures into some inspired originals including the delightful title track “All I Ask For Christmas.”

Whether you dig your Christmas music straight ahead, contemporary, smooth or perhaps extra chunky there are no disappointments here. Peggy Duquesnel brings her critically acclaimed talents as both vocalist and pianist to fruition with a solid Christmas release destined to be in your regular rotation for years to come!

Tracks: Little Drummer Boy,O Come, O Come Emmanuel, All I Ask For Christmas, Mary Did You Know, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Christmas Is Here, O Christmas Tree, Silent Night, What Child Is This, Under The Christmas Tree, I Wonder As I Wander, Light Of Christmas; Disc Two: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Mary Did You Know, Light Of Christmas, Silent Night, All I Ask For Christmas, Breath Of Heaven, Under The Christmas Tree, I Wonder As I Wander, Christmas Is Here.

Personnel: Peggy Duquesnel: Piano, Vocals; Brian Bromberg: Bass; Joe La Barbera: Drums; Brian Kilgore: Percussion; Jay Leech: Guitar; Special Guests: Rick Braun: Flugelhorn, Bill Cantos: Vocals; Emma Werderman: Vocals.

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Seems Like I know You

A five-song EP of original and cover pop jazz songs Accomplished pianist/singer/songwriter Peggy Duquesnel
has co-produced her 8th recording and her first EP Working with the legendary talents of extraordinary
keyboardist Jeff Lorber, and amazing Yellowjackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip, together they have produced and
infused this music project with outstanding musicality. You will enjoy a taste of jazzy pop, funk, sweet ballads
and Latin arrangements that showcase four of Peggy’s original compositions. She writes beautiful melodies with solid,
memorable hooks. Also included is a Carpenter classic, a cover song guaranteed to please. Seems Like I know You,
the title tune, proffers a rich melody, lush production and lyrical storytelling.

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Peggy Duquesnel – Vocals / Piano
Jeff Lorber – Keyboards / Engineer
Jimmy Haslip – Bass
Rick Braun – Trumpet / Flugel Horn
Michael Thompson – Guitar
Dee Dee McNeil & Bill Cantos – Background Vocals
Gary Novak, Tony Moore & Jimmy Branley – Drums & Percussion
Rich Breen – Mastering
Peggy Duquesnel, Jeff Lorber & Jimmy Haslip – Arrangements

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CD Release concert at Spaghettini on March 11, 2013
Peggy Duquesnel with special guests Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Tony Moore & Dee Dee McNeil

In the studio recording the new CD.
Gary Novak & Peggy
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Jimmy Haslip & Peggy
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“Seems Like I Know You” Album Release (2013)

“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).
Duquensel continues to move forward in presenting music gentle on your mind.”
– George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly (Jun 20, 2013)

“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. ”
“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.”
– Michele Wilson-Morris, The Entertainment Bank (May 03, 2013)

“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.”
– Brent Black, Critical Jazz (Mar 31, 2013)

“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
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 cover of the 1971 Carpenters
melodically sweet tune “Rainy Days and Mondays” shows off Duquesnel’s vocals and piano skills
Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Ride (Apr 05, 2013)


   On Summertime Lullaby, a recent release
from Peggy
Duquesnel, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter
takes her listeners on a musical journey through the
world of romance. Subtitled “Jazz Standards and Love
Songs”, the recording combines Ms. Duquesnel’s own
wonderful compositions, including the lovely title
track, with popular classics from the Great American
Songbook. Inspired by the love in her own life, the disc
is dedicated by the singer to her husband and features
a selection of some of the couple’s favorite songs, as
well as original works inspired by their shared times.

Peggy DuquesnelPeggy Duquesnel – Piano / Vocals
Grant Geissman – Guitar
Mike Higgins – Guitar
Jim DeJulio – Bass
Ernie Nunez – Bass
Kendall Kay – Drums
Dave Owens – Drums

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“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.”
– George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly (Aug 13, 2010)

“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 (Apr 01, 2010)

“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 (Mar 12, 2010)

“Duquesnel’s keyboards are right on time all the way through the album and clearly show her love
of playing.”
– Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation (Mar 15, 2010)

“She writes some nice tunes, like the title cut. And her choice of standards suit her own vocal
– Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate (Mar 25, 2010)

“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.”
– The Muse’s Muse (Mar 04, 2010)

“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.'”
– Kirk Silsbee, Arroyo: Deja Vu (Jun 01, 2010)

“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.”
– John Book, This is Book’s Music (Feb 17, 2010)

“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.”
– Grady Harp, Amazon Editorial Review (Feb 10, 2010)

“Peggy Duquesnel has all the accoutrements needed to make a lasting and positive impression on
listeners minds.”
– Susan Frances, Jazz Inside

“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.
– Bob Gish, Jazz Inside (May 28, 2010)

“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.”
– Glenn A. Mitchell, L.A. Jazz Scene (Apr 21, 2010)

“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…”
– John Gilbert, Jazzreview (May 07, 2010)

“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.”
– Piers Ford, “The Art of the Torch Singer” (May 20, 2010)

   Show Me Your Way features a vibrant collection of original songs of
praise and worship plus some popular hymns. The music reveals Peggy’s eclectic background in jazz, pop, Latin, gospel and the classics.
Her unique blend of songwriting, piano improvisation and smooth vocals shine in both intimate and lively arrangements, featuring top-notch
studio musicians and world-class background vocalists.

Peggy Duquesnel
Peggy Duquesnel – Piano / Vocals
Andre Mayeux – Orchestrations
Grant Geissman – Guitars
Michael Higgins – Guitars
Jay Mason – Woodwinds
Ernie Nunez – Bass
Dave Owens – Drums

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   Divine Light presents two pianos, two styles of playing coming
together in harmony to create passionate, imaginative, reflective musical moments.
This one-hour journey of faith features the piano artistry of Steve Hall and Peggy Duquesnel
performing on two magnificent Steinway grand pianos with orchestral instrumentation.
The path we chose is one of variety…featuring selected favorite hymns, gospel tunes and
current popular songs with an inspirational message. In addition, there are some intriguing
arrangements utilizing different classical themes. Peggy’s original composition “Divine Light”
is featured on this recording along with her unique arrangement of “Holy, Holy, Holy”.
See below to order the sheet music arrangements of these two pieces for solo piano.

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   Old Friends is an exquisite and unique collection of original jazz compositions by pianist/composer Peggy Duquesnel performed by a stellar jazz quartet featuring John Patitucci/Bass, Bob Harsen/Drums and Albert Wing/Sax. The performance of the Miles Davis piece “Solar” is captivating.

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“Duquesnel’s album is a beautifully melodic and rhythmic mix of traditional, classic jazz.” Jazz Connections

“Duquesnel displayed inventive improvisation…as well as compositional smarts, tearing off glistening runs, flirting with dissonance and leaving provocative moments of empty space at off-beat moments.” L.A. Times Calendar

“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.” Jazz Programmer WRST-FM

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   Give Thanks is a collection of heart-warming inspirational classics,
hymns and praise songs with Peggy’s intimate piano stylings and arrangements.
The CD also includes three of Peggy’s original compositions for piano.
“Thank You for Drawing My Heart” is a song that reflects upon the kind and gentle
way that the Lord draws us unto Him as a loving father takes a child into his arms.
Another original piece encourages a “Heart of Thanksgiving” in whatever life’s circumstances may be.
“The Joy Inside My Heart” captures the joy of experiencing the gift of God’s presence in our lives.

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“Traditional solo piano music with a creative touch!”

“Sensitive and Moving!”

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   Where is Love? is a first-class production of jazz standards
and originals featuring Peggy Duquesnel with her jazz trio.
Recorded at Capitol Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Al Schmitt, it features six orchestra cuts arranged and conducted by Grammy Award-winning arranger Alan Broadbent.
Peggy’s original pieces “Hotel Blues and “Kiwi Friend” along with producer Mike Peak’s original composition “Lucy” add a nice touch to this work of art.

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Peggy Duquesnel – Piano / Vocals
Jeff Hamilton – Drums
Tom Warrington – Bass
Alan Broadbent – Arrangements

“Peggy’s vocals are polished and smooth, her voice as much an instrument as any in the orchestra.”
Singer Magazine

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   Tropical Breezes features elegant and enjoyable piano
and guitar orchestrations of popular standards with a tropical flavor.
The recording has been created for the listener to enjoy some great melodies presented in a fresh,
contemporary style with captivating rhythms and tropical beats.
The music is a journey through different time periods from the 30s to the 90s, bringing back memories of dancing on cruise ships … and falling in love.

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Peggy Duquesnel – Piano
David Patt – Guitar
Bob Birch – Bass
Sinclar Lott – Drums
Tom Evans – Flute and Oboe
Brian Kilgore – Percussion

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   Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs
includes jazz artists from around the United States and was produced by David Arivett for the Christian Jazz Artists Network.
There are 14 great tracks featuring a wide variety of jazz flavorings … straight ahead, smooth, swing, funk, Latin,
contemporary and more! Peggy Duquesnel’s inspiring recording of “Jesus Loves Me” from her “Where is Love?” CD is the final cut on the project.

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   Higher Altitude by Pocket Change was released in 1995
on the Brainchild label. With “Kilauea”, “Birds of a Feather”, and “Pocket Change”, Brainchild Records cornered the market on that amazingly smooth
and melodic West Coast sound in the mid-’90s, played by a mix of some of the best veterans and up-and-comers in the pop instrumental world.
Band leader David Patt’s fruitful combination of acoustic grace and electric energy has never come across this effortlessly before.
As he notes, collaborating with keyboardist/composer Peggy Duquesnel was a stroke of radio-ready genius.

David Patt – Leader and Guitar
Peggy Duquesnel – Keyboard and Piano

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Contact Peggy: (866) 88-PEGGY, Joyspring Music: P.O. BOX 91562, Long Beach, CA 90809
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