London-based guitarist James Kitchman hails from the forsaken realm of Northumberland. A graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, he has since become one of the most sought-after jazz guitarists of his generation.

Projects have encompassed a broad array of musical styles and disciplines; he co-led the Southern Cone Quintet’s take on Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan folk music; was a part of the Orpheus Sinfonia in Grammy-nominated composer Tarik O’Regan’s electro-acoustic opera; and in 2020, released a guitar/vocal album (as Kitchman / Schmidt) exploring the Anglo/American folk songs of the Appalachian mountains.

Kitchman frequently appears at London’s most prestigious venues in collaboration with UK and international artists, including a series of concerts with indie-rock group The Libertines prior to the pandemic. His latest recording First Quartet’ will be available from early 2022, released on Ubuntu Music. Recognised for carrying his distinctive voice across all his work, Kitchman is in continual pursuit of artistic development.

“Huge amounts of style and panache”
BBC Radio 3

“Quietly rebellious”
Songlines Magazine

“A really expansive sound”
BBC Radio Scotland