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 venues in collaboration with UK and international artists, including a recent series of concerts with The Libertines. His latest release with vocalist Sylvia Schmidt explores the Anglo/American folk songs of the Appalachian mountains, creating a sound that embraces the dynamic tension between forces of nostalgia and change. 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
“A really expansive sound”
BBC Radio Scotland