Greg Duncan is a composer and freelance jazz trumpet player based in Chicago, Illinois. His ensemble plays contemporary straight-ahead jazz that grooves with a mixture of blues, swing, and even flamenco. He has toured all over the world with various groups and performed at top jazz clubs in both Chicago and Europe.

Duncan came to Chicago in 2003 by way of Washington State and Texas. He graduated from the well-respected University of North Texas in 2001 and started working as a professional musician full-time. In 2002 he toured the United States and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as composer, arranger, and soloist. His debut recording with his own quintet featuring original compositions came in 2007 (“Unveiled”) and it was released on the OA2 record label. The recording received airplay around the country and praise from jazz critics.

In 2006 and 2009, Duncan traveled and performed in Spain, where he picked up some flamenco sounds and incorporated them into his group. In 2012, Duncan won a grant from the Illinois Arts Council to record a Flamenco Jazz album with his Latin Ensemble. “Chicago, Barcelona Connections” (New Origins Records) became a hit on the radio waves throughout the country and the world.

Later that year, Duncan won the SedaJazz composition contest in Valencia, Spain. His composition “Viento” earned top latin jazz composition out of 30 submissions from Spain and various other countries. His Latin Ensemble has performed at the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, opened for Benny Golson at the Riverfront Jazz Festival, collaborated with the Peoria Symphony, and played at various clubs and performing arts venues throughout the Chicago-land area.

In 2014 Duncan formed the latest incarnation of his quintet by creating the Individuation Quintet. The group was formed to create awareness about the ideas of Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung and also to perform original and arranged jazz music. They recently released their first recording "Unification" on New Origins Records.

As a freelance trumpet player, Duncan has performed with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Roger Ingram, Billy Harper, Jorge Rossy, Richie Cole, and many others. He has also studied with several prominent jazz trumpet players such as John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, and Al Hood.

Duncan currently resides in Charlottesville, VA where his wife is professor of trumpet at the University of Virginia.

 

Photographer: Juana Ryan