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Duncan Eagles

Duncan Eagles is an award winning, London-based saxophonist who performs regularly at venues and festivals all over the world.

Throughout his career so far, he has appeared at many major venues and festivals including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Instanbul Jazz Festival and The Paris Cat (Melbourne).

As well as running his own groups, Duncan is also very much in demand as a sideman, regularly performing with some of the top names and bands in the music world including Gary Husband, Zara McFarlane, Melt Yourself Down, Mark Mondesir and Janek Gwizdala to name a few.

Duncan's critically acclaimed trio, Parikel, have released two albums to date, their second album "Cohesion" being signed on one of the world's most exciting labels, Whirlwind Recordings, and has been met with praise form the UK, European and USA press, being hailed as one of the top 10 releases of 2012 according to renown critic Kevin LeGendre. They are now set to release and tour their third CD String Theory, due for release early 2015 on Whirlwind Recordings.

Duncan is also part of many other projects making exciting and innovative music in the UK and beyond, including the Benet McLean Band appearing on his latest live album released on 33 Records and also the award winning Ollie Howell Quintet, again also appearing on his debut album released worldwide on Whirlwind Recordings. He is also a member of Leo Appleyard's Quartet, Max Luthert's Orbital and the Elision Quintet.

As well as his extensive performing career, Duncan is also a tutor on the Dordoigne International Jazz Summer School and he also holds a residency every Monday evening at London's award winning jazz club The Hideaway, where he runs a workshop, followed by a jam session. This session has been a regular fixture on the London jazz scene since 2010, attracting younger aspiring musicians as well as established professionals.


Spike Robinson Saxophone Award


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Duncan Eagles: Narrations

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"Eagles is one of the most exciting tenor saxophonists to appear on the UK scene since Denys Baptiste first emerged" Marlbank

"Eagles is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene" Mike Flynn

"Tenorist Duncan Eagles and New Orleans born trumpeter Abram Wilson were the star turns" Jack Massirik, The Evening Standard

"Eagles holds down the malleable role of featured soloist and interactive improviser with great virtuosity" Jazz UK

"He has an impressively large and rounded tone, but is also a highly expressive soloist" Ian Mann

"Saxophonist Duncan Eagles holds the stage with his attractively dry tone, sharpness and the urgent ferocity of his tenor improvising" John Fordham, The Guardian



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson




Green Park

Sea Mammal Records


Ignored Advice

Self Produced





String Theory

Whirlwind Recordings


Road Ahead

F-IRE Records



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