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 latest opera; and plays alongside Corrie Dick in Jonathan Chung’s contemporary jazz trio Glasshopper. Kitchman frequently appears at London’s most prestigious jazz clubs in collaboration with UK and international artists, including a residency at Kansas Smitty’s with acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen. His latest project with German vocalist Sylvia Schmidt explores the Anglo/American folk songs of the Appalachian mountains, distilled through the lens of a European jazz aesthetic. Recognised for carrying his distinctive voice across all his work, Kitchman is in continual pursuit of artistic development.
“Huge amounts of style and panache”
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