Jacob Duncan’s musical path has been a fascinating one, consistently
balancing a spiritual, intuitive inclination with a keen, educated intelligence.
Band leader, composer, arranger and force of nature saxophonist, Duncan’s
ensemble playing is as empathetically assured as his soloing is riskily
rewarding. Beginning on alto sax at age eleven, the Louisville, Kentucky
native soon distinguished himself as the kid who could play. He graduated
from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, played lead alto in the
Yamaha Big Band in high school, and won a music scholarship to the
University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he was a member of the
world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, Little Jack Melody and his Young
Turks, and other stimulating outlets, including his own Liberation Prophecy.
After graduation and reading “way too much beat literature,” Duncan flew to
Lisbon on a one-way ticket with alto in tow, $500, and very little else