Duncan James


About me

I am a pianist, composer and teacher. I perform mainly in jazz, bringing in a range of other influences. My compositions for Territory include Latin and Township elements. My film score for Emak Bakia has classical as well as jazz influences.


I play in Heads Up, the house band on Mondays at Off the Cuff, Herne Hill, a range of small instrumental groups, and with Malcolm Connell, vocalist. Gigs done include Vortex, 606 Club and Royal Festival Hall Commuter Jazz series. Big Band experience includes the Hot Orange Big Band.

My compositions have been played extensively by Territory, which I co-lead with Roger Humbles (saxes). 

I have created events with music related to art work (at Hotel Elephant gallery) and with my silent film score (at the Cinema Museum). Again with visual contexts in mind, I am composing using virtual instruments. 

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Future gigs

  • Duncan James Trio

       with Josef Stout alto; Thomas Maddison bass

       Smoky Corner grill, 180 Kentish Town Road,

       NW5 2AE                                         

       Friday 4th March at 8.00 pm

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  • Heads Up at Off The Cuff 

       right next to Herne Hill rail station​

       house band followed by a jazz jam

       every Monday at 8.15pm: check details below


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Original music performed by Territory. We also play familiar lively music when performing at parties and weddings.

Quiet, slow, serious, moody.

One-off events in interesting venues featuring new compositions as well as art, comedy or film.

Highlights from previous gigs

Solos on standards recorded during the lockdown.

Original pieces in development