Duncan Fraser

Trumpet/Flugel player, composer & arranger Duncan Fraser is one of the UK's Top young professional musicians. Having graduated on a Music Scholarship from Exeter University and come through the ranks of NYJO, Duncan is now based in London and in demand as a Session player on gigs and recordings all over the UK & Europe and can be heard on recordings and TV commercials all over the world.

As well as carving a career as a session musician, Duncan has just recorded his first Jazz album with his very own award winning Big Band, which was nominated the best Jazz act of 2011 at the South West Music Awards.

The Duncan Fraser Big Band is an award winning 15 piece ensemble that has been in existence since late 2010 and were voted the best Jazz act of 2011 at the south west music awards. The band performs a repertoire of Jazz by composed by Duncan Fraser. In the instrumentation and the writing Duncan has veered away from the standard big band set up, as the band contains 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 3 Saxes, Guitar, Piano, Double-Bass, Drums, Voice and Duncan on Flugelhorn, and most notably by using Voice as an instrumental part; the contemporary sound created is vibrant, powerful and original.

The Band features some of the most talented young musicians in the UK, with every member is under the age of 25, making this ensemble one of the few professional working groups with this twist. There are influences of Kenny Wheeler in the writing, though the songs clearly have a sound that is very much their own. The works range from fully scored Big Band soli sections to completely free improvisation sections.

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”This album is the realisation of a dream for Duncan Fraser; it contains tracks brilliantly composed and arranged by a very talented young man who leads an equally talented young band. The average age of the band is 22 and the youngest member of the band is just 16. You would be hard pushed to find any musical ensemble with young players with such professionalism, musicianship and ability these days.”

”Every track has been brilliantly crafted by Fraser and is clearly a direct tribute to his biggest influence as a jazz performer, Kenny Wheeler. His music is fresh yet still rooted in the Wheeler style

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Tuition Duncan also offers private tuition to students of all ages and abilities. Lessons for Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn & Improvisation are all available. I teach either form my home in St Albans, Hertfordshire OR I often travel to students homes in the area* I also now offer online tuition, please see below Here is a list of tuition options; Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel: Lessons in the above instruments are available to anyone from an absolute novice through to professional players wanting to brush up on their technique, and to all ages from 7-70! I offer the option for students to take the ABRSM grades or just develop playing different tunes without the added pressure of exams

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