Greg DuncanChicago, IL
Greg Duncan is an established composer, arranger and freelance jazz trumpet player based in Chicago, Illinois. His Quintet plays contemporary straight-ahead jazz that grooves with a mixture of blues, swing, and even flamenco. Throughout his career, he has toured all over the world with various groups and performed at top jazz clubs in both Chicago and Europe. Duncan’s debut recording came in 2007 on the OA2 record label (Unveiled) and he received a grant to record a flamenco jazz project in 2012 with his Latin Ensemble (Chicago, Barcelona Connections).
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 and was a featured soloist in addition to composing and arranging for the band.
As a freelance jazz trumpet player in Chicago, he has performed with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Marco Polo, Las Guitarras De España, Richie Cole, and many others. Duncan has studied with several prominent jazz trumpet players such as John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, and Al Hood. In 2012, Duncan won the SedaJazz Composition Contest for best latin jazz composition out of many submissions from around the world. Also, while in Spain he studied flamenco rhythms on the cajón rhythm instrument. His style reflects all of these influences and continues to develop more interesting nuances.