Read 2021 #PeopleofWilmDE article on E. Shawn Qaissaunee



Jazz Musician, Recording Artist and Music Educator 

guitar | bass | piano | percussion | rubab (roo-bob) | dutar (doo-tar) 

Berklee College of Music Alumnus (Jazz Composition/Music Education) E. Shawn Qaissaunee has been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger and music instructor for over thirty years. Sought out for his talents on guitar, bass, piano, percussion and the rubab and dutar, two instruments from his native Afghanistan, Shawn is known for his musical virtuosity, sensitivity, lyricism and spirited creative energy in the jazz tradition. His constant devotion to musical traditions, while at the same time striving to bring new energy and relevance to his live performances has made him a beloved and admired artist in the greater community and beyond. 

Recent performances: 

Opened for legendary jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan at Arden Gild Hall (Wilmington, DE - February 2024)

Dew Point “Jazz in the Valley” Festival (Yorklyn, DE) June 2021 with The Q Factor 

Clifford Brown “Year Round” (Wilmington, DE) February 2021 with Sharon Sable 

True Blue Jazz Festival (Rehoboth, DE) October 2020 with Sharon Sable Trio 

Morning Dew Festival (Yorklyn, DE) October 2020 with The Q Factor 

Wilmington’s “Music in the Parks” Series (Wilmington, DE) June 2020 with Jea Street 

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Wilmington, DE) June 2020 with Sharon Sable Quintet 

Yuletide Jazz Series (Winterthur Museum and Gardens) December 2019 

Center City Jazz Festival (Philadelphia, PA) April 2019 with The Q Factor 

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Wilmington, DE) June 2018 with saxophonist Ernie Watts 

University of Delaware (Newark, DE) with Xiang Gao (virtuoso violinist) 

Recent discography: 


with Sarah Phelan, Aaron Graves, Matt Parrish, Butch Reed and Zach Brock 

2020 - THE SPECTRUM OF LOVE with Matt Scarano 

WICHITA LINEMAN and SHENANDOAH with Nick Bucci, Chico Huff and Erik Johnson 

2019 - LOVE EVERMORE with Sharon Sable, Tim Brey, Andy Lalasis and Larry Marshall 

MORE THAN HAPPY with Jason Fraticelli, Matt Scarano, John Swana and Greg Riley 

MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES with Dan Hanrahan 

Recent awards: 

Best Guitarist - Homey Awards 2019-2020 | Hometown Heroes 

Artist in Residence/Creative Fellow, VCCA Moulin a Nef (France) – 2018/2019 

Artist in Residence/Creative Fellow, VCCA (Amherst, VA) – 2016/2019 

E. Shawn Qaissaunee has performed and/or recorded with: 

Stevie Wonder 

Zach Brock (Grammy Award winner | Snarky Puppy) 

Benny Golson (legendary jazz saxophonist and composer) 

Greg Riley (saxophone, flute, clarinet | Philly Pops | “Frozen” on Broadway) 

Ernie Watts (legendary jazz saxophonist) 

David Bromberg (world-renowned musician) 

Xiang Gao (virtuoso classical violinist) 

Gary Grainger (John Scofield) 

Sean Rickman (Steve Coleman/Joe Zawinul) 

Ron Holloway (Allman Brothers/Government Mule/Derek Trucks) 

Teaching Experience: 

Private Instructor                                                                1993 - present 

Guitar, Bass and Piano | Jazz, Blues, World and Pop | Composition, Improvisation, Musicality and Music Business/Practical Musical Career Guidance 

Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency (Wilmington, DE)                  2017 - present 

Residency Faculty, Private Lesson Instructor and Ensemble Leader 

Smyrna High School (Smyrna, DE)                                                   1994 - 1995 

Assistant Concert Band Director and Jazz Band Director 

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (Smyrna, DE).                       1994 - 1996 

Group Guitar Instructor                                          


Private Studies:                                                                   1992 - 1998 

with Austrian Virtuoso Guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel in NYC 

with Iconic Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino in Philadelphia, PA 

College:                                                                                     1989 - 1993 

Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) - Jazz Composition/Music Education