Five Questions With Q & A

Toronto, ON-based musical duo, Q & A have released their newest EP, One More JAZZ Thing.

From big band to ballad — and including newly released single “That Place, That Face, That Moon” — One More JAZZ Thing leaves little behind across five tracks exploring the genre.

They have also released a video for one of the tracks from the EP, “That Place, That Face, That Moon”, check it out HERE.

The duo will release One More FOLK Thing and One More POP Thing later this Fall, so stay tuned for that!

Give One More JAZZ Thing a listen, and find out more about Q & A via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Q & A is the veteran musical duo comprised of guitarist Tony Quarrington and vocalist Zoey Adams. They are Toronto based singer-songwriters with two albums to their credit within the last two years. Christmas Dream is their original Christmas album, and One More Thing is a jazz, folk, pop mix of original tunes. Their label, Sonic Peach Music is launching One More Thing as three separate EP‘s, entitled One More Jazz Thing, One More Folk Thing, and One More POP Thing. Tony and Zoey have worked together in one way or another for the last 20 years, but have been known as Q and a for the last two years and are going strong!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

We are either very diverse and eclectic or scattered and schizophrenic depending on your viewpoint. Our songs run freely from big band to bluegrass, from folk to a funny kind of old-school pop! We have no control over this, nor would we want any!

As far as how we write, songs happen in every possible way. It might start with a title, a melody, an idea, or a phrase. And this might occur to either one of us. But many of our songs we write together from the beginning.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

As with everyone else in the business, COVID-19 has severely curtailed our live performances. We have done some live streaming through the summer and have been concentrating on our writing (so far 20 new tunes since the end of May). We look forward to some live gigs in the near future, meanwhile, we are happy to be performing porch concerts, Facebook shows, and hillside extravaganzas!

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

We write in a lot of different styles, so there is not one song that would entirely represent us. But the song Tomorrow Can Wait (number five on the one more Jazz Thing EP) is representative of us in a number of ways – of what we do as a vocal duo, of what Tony does as a guitar player and soloist, and it represents a vintage feel that we are very fond of. This song would definitely be a big hit in 1940!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Our favourite Canadian singers and writers would definitely include John Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, Ian and Sylvia, (together and separately,) and the late Ron Hynes, Laura Smith, Joe Hall and Willie P. Bennett. For musical and sentimental reasons, the late great Paul Quarrington. And two wonderful female performers flying under the radar are Colette Savard and Rebecca Campbell.

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