Adrianne Duncan

Adrianne Duncan


Diana Krall's vibe meets Nick Drake's lyrical sensibilities meets Wayne Shorter's harmonies: Unique jazz singer-songwriter, composer and arranger with virtuosic piano chops, evocative lyrics and lush chord progressions


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.



Written By: Adrianne Duncan

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Adrianne Duncan -- Home At Last (February 2010)

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

Adrianne Duncan -- Live At The Mint (2006)

Set List

A mix of original songs, jazz standards, lesser-known tunes by jazz composers and original arrangements of rock and pop tunes