Matthew Quinn

Obituary of Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn, a highly regarded jazz pianist from Newport, RI passed away Tuesday May 15 from an injury sustained in a fall at his home. Matthew was born June 28, 1958 into a family of musicians residing in Newport, Rhode Island. He carried on the family tradition by taking piano lessons at an early age. Matthew studied classical music throughout his grade school years furthering his education as a traditional composition major at Berklee College of Music. Before he graduated from Berklee in 1980, he served as arranger and director of the prestigious Berklee Jazz Rock Ensemble as well as played trombone with the Berklee Concert Band and other big band ensembles. In addition to his training at Berklee, Matthew has since studied individually with Bob Winter, Ray Santisi, Mac Rebenack, and Dick Hyman. After graduating, Matthew began performing with a number of established bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tavares, and Herman's Hermits. Other on-stage experiences included appearances with Annie Ross, Etta James, Eric Marienthal, Peter Erskine, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Stuart Hamm, Noel Stookey, Duke Robillard, Stu Cook, Iron Butterfly and Maxine Sullivan. During recent years he also helped establish the Summer Jazz Series at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth. In October 2002 Matthew married his wife, Kia Soderstrom. A VP of Finance at MTV Networks in New York, Kia moved to Newport and began working for Hasbro Inc. to be with her husband. A perfect match, the couple enjoyed exploring destinations as varied as St. John, China, Hawaii, Japan, Portugal and Kia's native Finland. He is survived by his wife Kia Soderstrom Quinn, mother Dorothy Carr Quinn, father Captain Charles S. Quinn USN Ret., stepmother Nancy Quinn, son Jonathan Harlow, sister Charlene Quinn Dunn, brothers Charles, Christopher and Mark Quinn, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will take place Tuesday, May 22, 3pm at Castle Hill Inn & Resort in Newport, where Matthew played piano for Sunday brunch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Berklee School of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston,MA 02215 Telephone (617) 266-1400
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