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.