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Information on Duncan's latest CD is available by clicking on the album artwork below

"This CD is highly recommended." - Mark S. Schwartz (Just Jazz Guitar Magazine - February 2011)

Duncan James is a jazz, swing and blues guitarist and instructor. He has been teaching guitar since 1964, including four years as adjunct faculty at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco - 1972-1976 - and three years as a public school instrumental music teacher in Springfield and Miamisburg, Ohio - 1968-1971. He participated in the Bay Area Young Audience Program from 1981-1991 and has been a Jazz Instructor for Guitar Solo of San Francisco from 1986-2008. He is also a mentor for Jazzmasters Workshop having taught three guitar workshops in 2001. Mr. James holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University and has done post graduate work at Wright State University and Central State University in Ohio.

Performances include work with George Barnes, Howard Alden, Bruce Foreman, Mundell Lowe, Marilyn McCoo, Eartha Kitt, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, Chet Baker, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Frankie Laine, Bob Hope, Les Brown, Eddie Sauter, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Concord, and Russian River Jazz Festivals.

Recording credits include three recordings with George Barnes, including his last recording released in 2003 on, the Concord Jazz Guitar Collection Vols. 1 and 2 CD, his own trio with vocalist Madeline Eastman, five recordings with Turk Murphy vocalist Pat Yankee and two CDs with blues/jazz singer Darlene Langston, including "Street of Dreams" released in 2007. He also has a self produced solo CD, Duncan James "Solo Jazz Guitar", is prominently featured on Jim Rothermel's CDs "NeoClassic Swing" and "Memories of You", and on San Francisco blues diva Dr. Margie Baker's CD "Live at Rasselas" released in 2010 and "So Many Stars" released in 2014. Duncan's new CD "All My Tomorrows" was released in 2010. The new CD, trio and solo CD's are available on the Jim Luellen Music Company web site at

"Where does one begin with Duncan James, the venerable swing jazz guitarist"- David McGee (Just Jazz Guitar Magazine May 2013)

Here is what Just Jazz Guitar Magazine had to say about Duncan in the Feb 2011 issue: "San Francisco-based jazz guitarist Duncan James is an old-school jazz guitar master." - (Just Jazz Guitar Feb. 2011)

Other selected press:

"James' elegant guitar brilliance"- Phil Elwood (San Francisco Examiner 01/12/1978)

"Relaxed, easy swing and strong sense of melody"- Jesse Hamlin (San Francisco Chronicle 11/16/1983)

"Enjoyable mainstream playing"- Jesse Hamlin (San Francisco Chronicle 2/12/84)

" intelligent and skilled mainstream Jazz guitarist"- Derk Richardson (SF Guardian 05/23/1984)

"The great James" - Phil Elwood (San Francisco Examiner 06/08/1984)

"...beautifully constructed riffs"- M. Flicker (Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Dec. 1992)

"Veteran jazz mainstreamer"- Phil Elwood (San Francisco Examiner 08/21/1995 )

"Outstanding"- Phil Elwood ( 11/8/2002)

"Suave and swinging...a chord-comping master who also turns in impressive solos."..."With flawless timing and intonation, Barnes and Duncan find common ground between the twin fiddles of Texas swing and the smoky horns of Count Basie's big band."- Andy Ellis (Guitar Player Magazine July 2003)

"...including the great San Franciscan on guitar, Duncan of the best on the record" - Frank Goodman (

"Top notch...guitarist Duncan James" (Jazz Search Community Nov. 2010)

"Duncan's masterful use of chord-melody and his bebop-infused single note lines create a true jazz guitar tour de force." - Marc S. Schwartz (Just Jazz Guitar Feb. 2011)

"James' tastefulness as an accompanist to Baker's strong singing is perhaps best shown on his playing on 'Please Send Me Someone To Love'" - Ron W. (Jazz and Blues Report issue 334 Mar. 2011)

"Jazz guitarist Duncan James, a swing jazz 'Keeper of the Flame'" - ( June 2013)

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