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A musician of stunning range and complexity, Peggy Duquesnel's achievements in music are a testament to her incredible devotion to the art of music. The recording projects and concerts that have been part of her musical journey run the gamut from pure elegance to down-home jazz, and have teamed her up with some of today's most sought after musicians. Duquesnel has performed as featured pianist/vocalist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, toured as keyboardist with Dionne Warwick, performed as featured keyboard artist for the Roland Corporation U.S. and Kawai America Corporation, performed at numerous events for the Disney Corporation, and served as keyboardist for both the Anaheim Angels and the Mighty Ducks. Peggy has recorded with numerous artists including Hernry Mancini, Monica Mancini, Pocket Change, David Patt and Ric Flauding. L.A. Times Calendar Section September 7, 2001 This Festival Will Jazz Up Brea Events * Peggy Duquesnel leads her quartet on opening night of the city-sponsored series, which focuses on Orange County luminaries. BY BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles are the centers of the jazz universe. But Orange County has it's own galaxy of local jazz stars. They will shine when the city of Brea presents the Brea Jazz Festival today through Sept. 29th. Free performances are scheduled in the city's downtown for Friday and Saturday nights and Wednesday lunchtimes. Sponsored by the Brea Community Hospital and jazz radio KLON-FM (88.1), the groups--assembled by the Orange County Musicians Assn. Local 47, American Federation of Musicians--include combos, big bands and eclectic ensembles. Festival organizers want to showcase the depth of the local scene and it's quality. No one better represents that quality, they say, than longtime Orange County resident Peggy Duquesnel, who leads her quartet in the series opener tonight. Duquesnel, a pianist, vocalist and songwriter, attended Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills where, as a clarinetist, she was president of the school's band program and homecoming queen. A familiar presence in O.C. and Los Angeles jazz clubs, she studied classical piano at Cal State Fullerton before launching a professional career. 'I think it's great [the Brea Festival] will promote Orange County musicians,' Duquesnel said. 'And it's good exposure for the local performers. I think the festival will reach a broader audience with lots of families attending rather than just your typical jazz fan.' In 1991, Duquesnel recorded 'Old Friends,' a collection of her jazz originals with a group that included renowned bassist John Patitucci, then an Orange County resident. (The album has recently been remastered and re-released. Duquesnel will hold an album release party for it at Steamers Cafe in Fullerton Sept. 20.) In 1997, she was selected to be Dionne Warwick's accompanist. She spent more than a year touring with the well-known singer and still substitutes in Warwick's ensemble. Duquesnel has also worked with singer Monica Mancini and her father, Henry Mancini. 'We were laying down some track music for a Julie Andrews project, and [Henry Mancini] and I just clicked,' Duquesnel recalled. 'He was very supportive of what I did. It was great to sit side by side on a piano bench with a person like that and hear him say these positive things about my playing.' In 1999, Duquesnel employed one of her former jazz piano instructors, Natalie Cole arranger Alan Broadbent, to write o Old Friends
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