Adrianne Duncan
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Adrianne Duncan

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"LA Jazz Scene"

"A charming performer with passion and a beautiful, strong voice. . . . The crowd loved it."

- Bob Comden, reviewer


"Perky, jauntily swinging jazz. . . . Her intelligent structures left substantial room for improvisation. Duncan embodied relaxed precision on the keyboard and proved warm and confident." - Greg Burk, reviewer

"Windy City Times (Chicago)"

"Adrianne Duncan, with her powerful voice, was to my mind the standout performer of the evening." - Windy City Times

"Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

"Her poised and supple delivery indicated that a substantial talent has begun to blossom." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Adrianne Duncan -- Home At Last (February 2010)

Adrianne Duncan -- Live At Pasadena Jazz Institute (2008)

Adrianne Duncan -- Live At The Mint (2006)



Pianist, vocalist and composer ADRIANNE DUNCAN began playing the piano at the age of six and singing soon thereafter. The daughter of renowned classical guitarist Charles Duncan (whose instructional series The Art of Classical Guitar Playing is used in universities worldwide), Adrianne attended Northwestern University on a music scholarship and is the winner of numerous awards and piano competitions. She attended Tanglewood, Brevard and Southeastern Music Centers as a scholarship recipient and has performed in multiple capacities: as a solo artist, in a duo, with chamber groups, in jazz ensembles and as a soloist with a symphony orchestra. Her piano playing has been heard on National Public Radio and the soundtracks to feature films.

Upon leaving the classical idiom for the jazz genre, Adrianne discovered a love for songwriting and composition. Influenced by such songwriter-poets as Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, but with a love for the harmonic and melodic sensibilities of such greats as Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Wayne Shorter, Adrianne has created a unique sound with evocative lyrics and lush chord progressions. She brings a modern edge to classic repertoire, infuses pop and rock tunes with jazz harmonies and brings her own complex sounds to contemporary sentiments.

Adrianne considers herself fortunate to have had several Los Angeles virtuosi involved with her current solo project, a six-song album of original material and arrangements: bassist Dan Lutz, drummer Jimmy Branly, vibraphonist Nick Mancini, clarinetist John Tegmeyer and flute and sax player Katisse Buckingham. Home At Last will be available in February 2010.