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12-4-10


The conclusion of 2010 was a busy one for the QOH. We wrapped up the year with several performances and clinics, starting with our residency at Lincoln Elementary in Melrose, Ma. We then traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work with both the Washington High and Coe College Jazz Bands, culminating in a performance with all three bands on their Java and Jazz Night.

We finished off our 2010 performance calendar at Pierce Elementary School in Brookline, Ma. We'd like to thank Stephanie Katalini of Melrose and all of the students at Lincoln Elementary, Steve Shanley, director of the Washington High/Coe College bands and their participating students, and Dave Hanft of the Pierce Elementary Extended Day Program and their students for having us perform. These performances/workshops helped to make the end of the year extremely rewarding for us all.

We're already looking ahead to 2011 with performances and clinics lined up at Dover-Sherborne Middle School, Walpole Elementary Schools, and Community Music Works in Providence, RI.

Stay tuned and Happy New Year from the QOH!

10-16-10


Happy Fall everyone! We had a great time playing at the Boston "AHTS" festival on the beautiful waterfront stage on the harbor. Such a big stage, now we've hit the big time! Thank you Christopher Cook for setting up this performance for us.

It was also a lot of fun to perform for music students at Suffolk University, they seemed to get a kick out of our antics. Professor William Barres booked us for a second time, last year he taught at Harvard and had us there for one of his classes. We have much to look forward to in November with another trip to Iowa, a residency in Melrose, MA and a performance in Brookline, MA.

See you soon!

9-9-10


Another summer is over and it's time to start looking ahead to the 2010-2011 school year! We had a great time performing at the Boomtown Festival in July (run by the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center) and at the Beginnings Day School in Weston, Ma. Special thanks to Shelley Neil and Abbey for making these summer performances possible.

We're very excited to be starting our fall off with a FREE performance Sunday, September 12th at the Boston Arts Festival. Our first scheduled clinic of the academic year will be taking place at Suffolk University on October 1st. We're also planning a New York CD release to follow-up our successful May Boston release of “The Monster Returns”.

Finally, we've been busy researching and booking another round of public/private school and college performances/clinics for the upcoming school year. We'd like to give a special thank you to our intern Kenneth Chan for all of his work in helping us research and contact area schools.

That's all for now but keep checking back as we'll be updating our shows page with details on upcoming school and club performances. Also, look out because the sequel to our "Monster Meet's George Garzone" movie is in the planning stages…

6-16-10


June was a busy month for us, performing at Lawrence Elementary School in Brookline, Abbot Elementary School in Westord and lastly Wellington Elementary School in Belmont. Great audiences, thanks kids! Special thanks goes out to Frank Steinfield, Craig McMahan and Michelle Tom for helping to set up those performances.

We are looking forward to playing at the Boomtown Festival, which is run by the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, on July 15th at 6:30pm at Centanni Park. The show is free!! Hope to see some of you out there, have a great summer in the meantime!

5-20-10


Happy May everyone! It has been quite a happy May for us after our very successful May performance at Scullers this past Tuesday! Despite the heavy rain we sold 91 tickets and performed for many new faces and were able to raise $900 towards our ‘JazzSmiles’ campaign!

Thanks to everybody that attended, and a special thanks to Dayla Santurri for setting the show up and having Scullers sponsor our performance. Another special thanks goes out to David French Music Company for also sponsoring the performance! We are looking forward to a slew of upcoming school performances in Brookline, Westford and Belmont in June.

4-27-10


Our trip to Portland was a great success and we'd like to thank Aaron Barnes and the Lincoln High School students and staaf for making our residency possible! We had a lot of fun! We look forward to coming back in the future :)

The clock continues to tick and our Sculler’s Jazz Club CD release performance is fast approaching. We're very excited about some recent articles and interviews in the Boston Globe and Boston Phoenix concerning our educational efforts, group history, and our JazzSmiles campaign and CD release concert at Sculler's.

A very special thanks to Jon Garelick and Steve Greenlee for writing such wonderful articles about us.

Click on the links below to read the articles.
Boston Globe article
Boston Phoenix article

4-10-10


The spring is really picking up for the QOH and we’d like to start off by sending a big “Thank You” to Ayn Inserto and her jazz orchestra for being a part of our double-bill at the Cambridge YMCA in March.  The show was a blast and it was a lot of fun having our big band charts premiered here for a receptive Boston audience. Speaking of audience, thanks to everyone for coming out to the theatre during the near-monsoon and supporting both groups! 

As for April events, we’re excited to be heading back to Portland, OR in a couple of weeks to do a residency at Lincoln High School. We’ll hope to see some familiar faces back out in the friendly northwest!  

Also we'd like to draw your attention to our new JazzSmiles web page where you can learn more about the mission and goals of the JazzSmiles campaign. click on: http://www.quartetofhappiness.com/jazzsmiles.htm

As always, keep checking back as there is much more to come, including info on our JazzSmiles Campaign kick-off and official CD release at Sculler’s Jazz Club on Tuesday, May 18th.

2-10-10


The new-year is off to a busy start for the QOH as we’ve recently received our second album, “The Monster Returns”! Mark your calendars’ because our Boston CD release will be taking place on Sunday, March 14th,at the Cambridge YMCA Theater in Central Square. The performance will start at 7pm with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra. Ayn is a very close friend and has a great band that we’re all excited to be a part of. This show will also feature the Boston premier of several of our QOH Big Band charts that will be performed by the QOH Big Band. You won’t want to miss this great night of music!

We are also in the planning stages of a new fundraiser called the JazzSmiles Campaign. The goal of this program is to increase our ability to bring performances to school systems that might not have the funding for in-school music and arts programs. Our inaugural fundraising performance will be taking place Tuesday, May 18th at Sculler’s Jazz Club in Cambridge, Ma at 8pm.

Thanks for checking in and we’ll hope to see you all March 14th!

12-23-09


The conclusion of 2009 was quite busy for the QOH as we completed a short series of workshops/performances in the Nampa, ID school district, as well as school performances back in our home state of Massachusetts. We’d like to thank Phil Hoesing at Nampa High, Josie Call at Skyview High, and Ted Carrico at West Middle School for having us perform for and work with their enthusiastic students. Special thanks to all of the parents and students who made it to our evening performance at the Nampa High Little Theater at Nampa High, it was a pleasure to perform for you all!

Back in Massachusetts, we’d also like to thank Terri Martins at Douglas Elementary in Acton, and Anne Finucane at Eliot Elementary in Needham for having us perform!

As we look ahead to 2010, our second album, “The Monster Returns”, is beginning production and will be ready for release sometime in mid-March. We’re very excited to be releasing this album on the Boston-based label Creative Nation Music. Stay tuned for official CD release parties in both Boston and New York, as well as a variety of other school and public performances as we continue into the new year! no si

11-02-09


Wow, the QoH is exhausted and shows no signs of stopping! We’ve just finished performing 15 shows this month! All were such a blast. We performed at McCarthy, Dunning, Brophy, Potter Road and Hemenway Elementary Schools in Framingham, contributing to around some 2,500 smiles :) Thank you to Mrs. Tache and Mrs. Kenny and their kindergarten class at Dunning School for your wonderful poster for us, all of your kind words made our day! Donna, the art teacher at Potter Road School beautifully sketched the QoH during one of our performances. Both the poster and sketch can be found on our photos page. Thank you again to Christy Nunnes and the parents of the Creative Arts Council in Framingham for making all of these concerts possible. Also thank you to our corporate sponsor, David French Music Company and Target stores for helping to fund these Framingham shows.

Our performance at Community Music Works yielded a new QoH ensemble: “The Gigantic Rhythm Orchestra” during “Who’s Got Rhythm?” CMW’s students picked up their violins, violas and cellos and played back Austin’s rhythms on open strings, which created a really cool sound. Thank you so much CNW for having us, we hope to come back soon.

The Monster did in fact meet George Garzone once again at the 10/19 performance and the monster triads flew through the air at the Lilypad. A special thanks to George for recommending us for this double bill!

Our Harvard University performance was all about fun and games with the ii-V-FUN game, the Copycat and Cell phone contests. We discussed our approach to jazz education by demonstrating these ear training fun activities. Thank you to William Bares for bringing us in!

Tomorrow afternoon, the QoH is traveling to Nampa, Idaho to perform at Nampa High School, West Middle School and Skyview High School and work with the music students for a few days. We’re looking forward to traveling west and bringing happiness to a new territory.


10-10-09


Happy fall to all! We have already started our Framingham performances starting at Wilson and Stapleton Elementary schools. Jack Coleman, the music teacher at Wilson School?? played some piano with us and sounded great!

We’re looking forward to performing our first show in the ocean state (Rhode Island) next Friday the 16th at a community music school in Providence called Community Music Works. CMW provides free after-school education and performance programs through the permanent residency of the Providence String Quartet. Thanks to Sara Stalnaker for setting up this performance, we’re really looking forward to it!

A few days later on Monday October 16th, the QoH is proud to be opening for the Fringe, which is a brillant trio with George Garzone, John Lockwood and Bob Gullotti on drums. You might be thinking that a special second meeting between the monster and George Garzone might be possible? Well, there’s only one way to find out and come to the performance!! This concert is part of New England Conservatory’s 40th Anniversary of the Jazz program. We’re honored to be performing on NEC’s Jazz 40 week. Thanks to Ken Schaphorst for setting this up!

Finally, Qoh goes Ivy league for a second time (Yale last spring) and will perform for an ear-training and literature course at Harvard University on October 27th. Go Harvard Crimson!!!

9-02-09


Summer is nearly over with school already beginning soon. Our August show at City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain was a lot of fun. We entertained many shoppers, fruit and vegetables in the produce section. Thanks for having us City Feed!

We recently went on a Quartet of Happiness retreat in Connecticut at Kelly’s house to do a lot of work on finishing our second album cover art, typing up a performance resume and hashing out some business stuff. We even made it to a sunny beach to take a break. October is looking to be a very busy month for us in Framingham with 16 school performances there!! A special thanks to Christy Nunnes for coordinating our schedule for all of these performances. Wow, I think that’s the most shows we’ve ever had in one month. See you soon, Framingham…

7-28-09


Well the dog days of summer are finally here, despite all of this rainy weather we’ve been having. Our July has been a quiet one, with vacations, jazz camps and other tours going on.

Looking back to June, we had a bittersweet show at the Copley Square Farmer’s market. A day after the passing of Michael Jackson, we thought it was appropriate to pay tribute to Michael with our rendition of “Billy Jean,” and folks at the market really appreciated it, as well as Channel Five News, who heard us playing and filmed our rendition! RIP Michael. Thanks to Jimmy Barbuto, manger of the market for giving us the opportunity to perform.

Rick and Kelly took to the airwaves to talk with Lucy Diamond on ILN Radio about the mission of the Quartet of Happiness, thanks to Lucy for having us! Since we needed a landline for radio, our good friend Ayn Inserto let us use hers- thanks Ayn!

We are getting hungry for an upcoming performance at the City Feed and Supply store in Jamaica Plain on August 6th. This is part of JP’s First Thursday Art event where many local art galleries and performance spaces open their doors for free to the public to enjoy. We are looking forward to playing for our neighbors. If you need some groceries and theatrical jazz, come on out!

6-5-09


Summer is finally here after a busy second half of May! We were proud to go back to our alma mater, New England Conservatory and represent the class of 2004. We are grateful for this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet some other past alumni.

Heading metro west to Framingham, we had a fun performance with students at Cameron Middle School with Christine Dupuis helping us make that possible. Thanks Christine!

Our rain-filled excursion up to the scenic countryside of Vermont to perform at the Spring into the Arts Festival was a hit with the 1,000+ students, teachers and family members that attended our eleven (yes, eleven) performances over two days. We would like to thank Linda Connors for setting up this great opportunity and making our stay very comfortable and enjoyable.

We finished out our May in Cambridge at the Tobin Montessori School to a very enthusiastic audience that really got into the interactive aspect of our performance. Thank you Sachi for setting up this performance!

Looking forward, we will be performing an outdoor concert at the Copley Farmers market around lunchtime on Friday, June 26 and a few days later on Monday the 29th, Rick and Kelly will be interviewed by Lucy Diamond on internet radio on Monday June 29th at 3:30pm on www.para-x.com Please tune in!

5-10-09


Happy May 10th everyone!
Just reporting in to tell you that we had a great time in New Haven last Friday playing for 300 students at Sprague Hall and Lincoln-Bassett School students. Thanks to Olivia Malin for setting these awesome shows up. The staff at Sprague Hall and Lincoln-Bassett School were amazing to us.

We are really looking forward to representing our Alma-Mater 2004 this coming Friday at NEC’s alumni reunion concert. This is really an honor coming from a pool of such amazing colleagues.

Look out Middlebury, here we come! We’re looking forward to hosting many workshops and performing at Spring into the Arts. Stay tuned to the upcoming filming of the sequel to “The Monster Meets George Garzone Part Two” this summer!!

4-26-09


Hello everyone,
Spring is finally here and we just got back from an amazing tour in the northwest! Special thanks to Josh Deutsch at the University of Oregon, Ron Black at South Eugene High/Spencer Butte Middle, Ezra Weiss at Portland State University, Michel Anderson at Ethos Music Center in Portland, and Lillian Garcia at Bainbridge High School in Seattle. We really enjoyed meeting and performing for everyone and we hope to be back in the near future.

We have several performances coming up in May, including stops at New England Conservatory, Yale University, and the “Spring Into the Arts Festival” in Middlebury, Vt. See our Shows tab for our full May performance itinerary.

Thanks for stopping by and we’ll hope to see many of you in the near future!

3-30-09


Well folks, the light is almost at the end of the tunnel for winter…unless there’s some chance blizzard(!!) We have blown the Winter towards Spring with our five hot shows this month in Acton, Cambridge and Medford. Thanks for having us Capillary Acton and the Oxfam Café-you guys rock! Also special thanks to Francesca Riccardi in Acton that set up two performances at Gates and McCarthy Towne Schools.

Last but not least, my student (Kelly is writing this) Dan Duran needed help getting a new baritone saxophone replacement for the one that was stolen! Jim Hobbs and the Hobbetts and the Quartet formed a fundraiser concert that was a great success. Dan was able to raise enough money from both the concert and many outside donations for a new saxophone(much better than the stolen one!) Thank you every one that donated and showed your support for Dan! We are grateful!

1-3-09


Happy New Year everyone! We had three great shows in December and started shooting our Monster Meets George Garzone sequel movie. Thanks to Gil Aharon for filming!

The happy crowds in Downtown Crossing at Boston's Holiday Village were a blast to perform for. The Monster even met Santa Clause! Special thanks to Megan Moser for her enthusiastic participation in our "Bodyparts" piece and Howard for setting up our performance.

Our first gig at an improv comedy club went over very well with the many actors/actresses and comedians in the crowd at ImprovBoston. We all were a little nervous, but the crowd made us feel very welcome. Special thanks to Lindsay Gonzales for booking us!

Our Holiday themed show brought back the Christmas Monster and introduced the Santa Man, the newest QOH character. Check out the Santa Man video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHn10DP_czI

It was a pleasure to share the bill with Patrick and Becca who were amazing!

Last but not least, we are excited to announce that David French Music Company in Westborough, Massachusetts has agreed to sponsor several school performances and clinics! Please stay tuned for those upcoming performances.

11-29-08


We just got back from our Iowa tour and it was once again a blast! Thank you to all the students and teachers who helped make the experience such a memorable one. Special thanks to David Lang and the Independence High School Band, to Bill’s Smokehouse in Independence, to Steve Shanley and the Cedar Rapids Washington High School Band, to Christopher Bird and the Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School Band, and to Chris Merz and the University of Northern Iowa Jazz program. Also, special thanks once again to Paul “Doc” Tenney for having us stay at his home in Cedar Falls, we really appreciate your hospitality!

The Kennedy High Jazz One, under the direction of Christopher Bird, did an outstanding job rehearsing and performing both their own set of music and four of our QOH big band arrangements. Thank you for taking the time to join our world of theatrical jazz big band! We’d also like to thank our good friend Ayn Inserto for all of her help in both the arranging and Finale notation of several of these charts. We’re hoping to have several more arrangements in the near future.

In other news, we’re gearing up for a round of Boston area performances in December, starting with a special outdoor holiday show in front of Macy's in Downtown Crossing at 12 noon on December 5th. Just two days later, we perform a 7pm show Sunday December 7th at Improv Boston in Cambridge as part of their Sgt. Culpepper’s Comedy Jamboree. We’ll also be sharing the stage Monday night December 15th at the Lily Pad in Cambridge with two outstanding solo acts from New York, Patrick Breiner and Becca Stevens. We’ll hope to see many of you at these upcoming performances. (bring your hat and gloves to the 12/5 show!)

Thanks for checking in and stay tuned as further updates are on the way!

10-15-08


Hello everyone, summer is over, fall is here, and it’s time for an update.  We’re very excited to be returning to Iowa for another tour of the schools.  We’ll be in the area Tuesday, November 4th (Election Day!)-Saturday November 8th, making stops in Independence, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Urbandale, Iowa.  Check out our shows page for specifics.  Our performance at the Cedar Rapids Kennedy High Jazz Night will feature the return of QOH big band music.  We will be premiering a brand new big band chart at this performance so get ready.

Our November school shows will continue back in Massachusetts as we perform at Hingham Middle School on November 25th.

We have also filmed and completed a Japanese advertisement for our Japanese audiences. The Quartet has worked hard to learn to speak Japanese for the ad so it is a must see!! We'd like to give a special thanks to Mia Shimokawa for her voiceover and translation work on the advertisement. Experience it on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYfj2Uss2q4 and soon on our media page, under videos. See you soon!

8-20-08


Hello once again, time for another update!  First, we’d like to thank the students of Lynn for all of their great feedback on our website.  We really enjoyed performing at the Sisson School and we’ll hope to see you all again soon.  Next, we’d like to thank Zumix for having us perform at the Seaport Festival in Piers Park in July.  We had a great time and we’re looking forward to future collaborations with Zumix next year. 

We’ve been busy working on our second album this summer as well.  The mixing is almost finished and we’re really happy with the results so far.  Stay tuned for further album updates.

Summer has also provided us time to work on plans for the upcoming year.  Look for us in early September performing as part of the Boston Music Festival.  Also, we’re hoping to make our way back to Iowa for another school tour in early November, so keep checking in! 

Finally, we’d like to direct your attention to some new features on our website.  We now have education and media links that include lesson plans, a song catalog, clinic outlines, etc.  

5-18-08


May greetings to you all! We had a great time at Oakmont High School doing a clinic with the band and a performance for the entire school. The Oakmont HS band has some of the best ears in Central Mass and they dominated the Copycat game! Thanks to Kris Demoura for his hospitality, Scott Graves for his help, and to the Oakmont cafeteria for such a great lunch. A few days after our Oakmont show, we went back into the studio at Wellspring to work on mixing our second album. It's shaping up, but with the large amount of material, we'll have to go back for a second round!

Coming up later this month, we're going to have a marathon week. First we are performing for Zumix, an amazing community music school in East Boston for our second show there on the 28th. Two days later, we're headed to Sisson Elementary School in Lynn for two shows with their students. We're looking forward to performing for new faces in Lynn, and some familiar faces at Zumix!

Special thanks to Ernie Boch Jr. and the "Music Drives Us" foundation that has made these shows possible. Happy May everybody!

4-12-08


Hey everyone, we're springing into action this month with three shows, one of which we performed yesterday. Our show yesterday in Brooklyn at Achievement First Elementary School was a success, especially with how well the students participated. Special thanks to Veena Srinivasa and the staff of AF for making our
show go smoothly. We are looking forward to performing in Central Mass at Oakmont HS next Friday the 18th and joining our comrades MOPDTK at the Cambridge Family YMCA on the 26th starting at 7pm. Come join us at the YMCA for the first day of Boston Jazz Week!

2-29-08


We just got back from Cedar Rapids, Iowa after having an amazing experience at the Coe College Jazz Summit Festival. Special thanks to Steve Shanley and Bill Carson for having us, to Bernie Tiede for all her help and support, and to the Coe Jazz Band for doing such a great job with our big band charts. Thanks to all Coe students/staff, we really appreciate your enthusiasm and hard work and it was great hanging out with all of you! Also, thanks to everyone who came out to the Grand Finale Concert, we had a blast performing for you and we hope that you enjoyed it as well.

We’d also like to thank Eric Kilburn at Wellspring Studios in Acton, Ma. We spent two days in the studio prior to our Iowa trip and we had a great time recording our second album. Eric was a pleasure to work with, as always!

That’s all for now but stay tuned for pictures from our recording session and the Coe College Jazz Summit Festival, as well as an updated spring performance schedule. Keep warm and we’ll hope to see many of you soon.

2-20-08


Hello everyone,

It’s been awhile since our last update so here’s another edition of QOH info!  First off, we’d like to thank Ernie Boch Jr. and the Music Drives Us Foundation for funding some upcoming performances in East Boston, Lynn, and Leominster, Ma.  We’re really looking forward to bringing our show to a variety of communities/locations in Massachusetts, and we appreciate the assistance that the Boch Foundation is providing.

We would also like to thank Chris Ribot for taking some great pictures at a performance we gave at the Jamaica Plain Library last November.  Check them out on our pictures page.

We’re heading into the studio this week to record our second album.  We’re really excited to be returning to Wellspring Studios in Acton, Ma with engineer Eric Kilburn. 

We’ll be flying out to Cedar Rapids, Ia following the recording session as guest artists’ at this years Coe College Jazz Summit!  The grand finale concert takes place Saturday, February 23rd and will feature the premier of three QOH big band charts.  Come check it out if you’re in the area! 

Thanks for tuning in and for all the support.  Keep checking back as we’ll be posting more performance locations/times as they develop.  Take care and we’ll hope to see many of you in the coming weeks! 

12-18-07


Happy Holidays to all from the QOH! We are digging out our cars and heading to Zumix to perform a concert on the 19th. We are very excited to be performing at such an incredible organization, dedicated to promoting the arts to the youth of East Boston. Also, look for the conclusion of "The Monster Meets George Garzone" to be posted within the next few weeks. Stay warm until nexttime!

11-05-07


Thanks to those in JP that came out to our very successful show at the JP Public Library. There was a hurricane that day (well almost) so it was awesome to see how hearty Bostonians really are. Special thanks to "Four Across" for performing the double bill with us.

In other news, we are very excited to announce that we have been nominated for a Boston Music Award under the "Best Jazz Act" category. Click on the BMA icon on our homepage if you'd like to vote for us. Stay warm until the next update!

10-11-07


Happy autumn folks! We had a great show a few weeks back at the YMCA theatre with the Infared Band. What a great space to have a movie screening in! We had a big turnout with many new faces in the audience that we hope will come out to many more of our future shows.

Speaking of future shows, for our New York city fans, we're down in Williamsburg at the Galapagos Art Space on Friday, October 26th with MOPDTK and showing the "Monster Meets George Garzone" movie down there as well. See you soon NYC!

09-08-07


Hello fans! Fall is almost upon us in Boston and we have an exciting show coming up that will keep things warm. The debut screening of "The Monster Meets George Garzone" will happen in a few weeks on Sunday, September 23rd at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre with our show and Eric Hofbaeur's Infared Band. Adding to the debut of the movie, we will be premiering some new works, paying tribute to reality TV and introducing a new QOH character (along with a familiar one). We're excited for the show so we hope to see many of you there!!

07-16-07


Summer is here and even though our next show isn't for a few months, we are super busy! First off, we have completed a trailer for the Quartet of Happiness original short film: "The Monster Meets George Garzone" check it out on our videos page! We will be releasing the film at our September 23rd show at the Cambridge YMCA theater.

Secondly, we are working with a consultant to generate funding through local grants and foundations to bring you more Quartet of Happiness shows, primarily at schools and in local Massachussetts communities.

Lastly, we've completed a photo shoot with photographer Doug Despres, you'll see lots of new pictures on our website. We hope everyone is having a great summer!! See you all at our September show!

04-27-07


Happy spring everybody! We had a blast playing at Beacon HS!! You were a great audience! We'd like to thank Jeffrey Benson for setting up the show. Our YMCA show with Dan Bennett and Jerry Bergonzi's KGB trio was a triple thrill. Special thanks to Dan Bennett for setting that up as well.

The folks up at Reading HS take the cake for enthusiasm and sheer numbers. Six hundred strong with a record 80-90% participation in "Follow or Lead the Dynamics." You guys sure got your exercise!! Thanks to David Bunten for having us up to play at Reading's jazz night.

We hope to see at our May 18th show at the Lilypad, which will be the last show before the summer for our Boston fans!

03-19-07


Hello everyone, Our CD release weekend is over and we’d like to thank everyone who came out and gave their support. We’d especially like to thank everyone who came out to our Boston CD release during the monstrous blizzard! Special thanks to the Lily Pad and Bowery Poetry Club for having us, and thanks to Moppa Elliot and company for providing a great opening act in New York.

We’d also like to thank everyone in Miami who helped make our February trip such a blast. Special thanks to Joe Rehmer and his roommates for letting us stay for the week, and to Cornerstone Miami and Gerry Keller for having us perform. March continues to be a busy month as we have a short Massachusetts mini-tour in Reading, Wakefield, and Southbridge from the 28th-30th. We’ll hope to see some of you at these performances. Check our shows link for specifics.

02-13-07


Greetings once again from the land of Happiness! After a brief hiatus we’re
happy to announce some upcoming shows. We’ll be heading down to Miami once
again in February for a couple of performances as we escape the frigid northeast. Also, look for us to be spreading a little luck over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in both Boston and New York as we have official CD release parties! Check out our performances page for specific dates/times for all of our performances. Also, our debut album is now available on iTunes music store for your purchasing pleasure. Thanks again for tuning in and we’ll hopefully see many of you in the near future…


01-04-07

QOH debut Album now available!!!

Hello everyone and Happy 2007! We're happy to announce that our debut album is now finished and ready for the public. The album will be available for purchase through our website -click on CDs, DVDs, & more or here- for $12.50 (includes shipping and handling) and at our shows for $10. We're also planning on posting the album on CD baby and iTunes in the near future. Please stay tuned to both MySpace and our Website for info regarding official CD release parties in Boston and New York as well as upcoming tours and performances.

11-17-06


Well, we're back from Iowa and the trip was a blast! We'd like to thank
all the students, teachers, and friends who came out and supported us last
week, it was great to see all of you. Special thanks to Myron Peterson at
Urbandale High School, Steve Shanley at Cedar Rapids Washington High
School/Coe College, Woody at the Sanctuary, and Marianne at the Vibe.
Special thanks to all the drummers/bass players who let us borrow their
gear during the week, it was GREATLY appreciated! Also, thanks to Doc, Mike
and Chris, and Coe College for providing us with places to stay. Hopefully we'll
be able to make it back again in the not so distant future. Until then, please stay tuned to both our MySpace and Website for future updates...


10-28-06


We hope the fall is off to a good start for everyone. Things have been
pretty busy in "QOH Land". Our first album is nearly complete and we're
beginning work on a short movie featuring "The Monster" and George
Garzone
. We'll be hitting November hard with performances in Boston, New York, and a tour in Iowa to promote our upcoming album. Check out our performance listings both here and on our website for specific dates/times. Also,
we'll be posting updates soon concerning specific album release dates and
other performance dates as they develop. Thanks for tuning in and hopefully
we'll see you all soon!


9-06-06


Happy end of summer everyone! We've had a great August with performances in New Jersey, Brooklyn, Boston, and New York. We'd like to thank everyone who made it out to those shows, they were a blast! Special thanks to Roxbury Township, NJ, Austin's mom, Jay Foote, Andrew Dimola, Peter Evans, and Moppa Elliot for making the shows possible.

Right now, we're in the process of finishing our first album with hopes that it will be released and commercially available later this month or early October. The recording session was a lot of fun and we'd like to thank Erick Kilburn at Wellspring Studios for doing such amazing work.

Visit again soon for more updates as we're planning CD release parties in Boston and New York as well as tours in other areas promoting the new album!

6-21-06
Happy summer to all! The QOH had a blast with "Mostly Other People Do the Killing" with our NYC and Boston shows! We thank everybody that came out to
those shows and made some noise.

Coming up for July, the QOH will be recording our first album!, as well as filming a short movie starring George Garzone and the monster(a QOH favorite).

Concerning our website, our DVD "Live at the Stain Bar" is now available through paypal on our site under "Cds, Dvds & more". Also the members of the QOH will now actually interact with each entry on our interact page. We will answer each entry in a timely fashion. We are very appreciative of those that have already sent us entries!!

Stay tuned for our future adventures!

5-1-06
Many thanks to all those who helped make our Iowa mini-tour such an amazing experience! Especially, to Steve Shanley at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, Bob Washut and Mr. Chris Merz at the University of Northern Iowa, and Scott Meller at the Vibe in Cedar Falls.

Next the monster and other QOH favorites will be unleashed under the full moon at the Full Moon Festival in Mount Kisco, NY, followed by a two show extravaganza with MOPDTK in New York and Boston. We are excited to be shocking audiences with MOPDTK and are planning to tour with them in August.

Visit our shows page for more info.



3-14-06

We would like to thank everyone that made it to our shows in Boston, New York and Miami. Bassist Joe Rehmer did a great job sitting in for Kendall at the University of Miami performance.

Next we will be collaborating with two other bands, the Daniel Bennett Group and Colin Stack and Novelty Act at the newly formed Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA on March 31st.

Besides the chance for showers and thunderstorms, April will also bring a 100% chance of the Quartet of Happiness in Iowa. We will be visiting the cities of Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids to give a series of shows and clinics.

1-18-06

The Quartet of Happiness is taking 2006 by storm starting at the ever-popular Zeitgeist gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Just this week, the monster (a QoH favorite character) was spotted roaming the streets near the gallery seeking out new ferocious melodies for the February 17th show!!!

Next we head to sunny south Florida to get out of this mess (a.k.a. New England winter.) Time to get out the sun-tan lotion and get greasy at the University of Miami!

Watch out Brooklyn, we'll be there next! We'll be performing at Stain Bar in the ides of March (the 3rd to be exact) to show off our fading tans.

Check out our shows page for the specifics.

Also, a new addition to our website is our interactive blog. Since much of our music is programmatic, we are thirsty for any crazy/funny/scary stories that we could set to music and act out. Come and be a part of the art, click on interact and tell us your story.

 

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