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Guitarist Duncan James and vibes & harmonica player Jon Eriksen have been playing in various conï¬gurations for more than thirty years, and bassist Rich Girard has played with both of them in different situations for that long or longer.
These three musicians have a deep and eclectic common repertoire to draw on, from Brazilian tunes to jazz and pop standards, to numbers by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Frank Zappa and plenty more.
Jon is most widely known in these parts as the co-leader of SoulSauce, a Latin-jazz quintet based on the Cal Tjader sound that got its start in 1998. He’s also been in the house band at Nickâ€™s in Paciï¬ca for 24 years, and plays jazz harmonica ala Toots Thielemans (with some Stevie thrown in).
Duncan James has worked side by side with highly esteemed jazz guitarists George Barnes, Howard Alden, Bruce Foreman and Mundell Lowe as well as with vocalists Marilyn McCoo (The Fifth Dimension), Eartha Kitt, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters and Barbara Cook, and with sundry others including Chet Baker, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Frankie Laine, Bob Hope, Les Brown and Eddie Sauter. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and has held forth from the stages of the San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Concord, and Russian River Jazz Festivals. Oh, and Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society, the Cafe Babar, the Club Deluxe, Bird & Beckett… just to name a few fabulous venues.
His recording credits include three recordings with George Barnes, the Concord Jazz Guitar Collection Vols. 1 and 2 CD, his own trio album with vocalist Madeline Eastman, five recordings with Turk Murphy vocalist Pat Yankee and two CDs with blues/jazz singer Darlene Langston, including “Street of Dreams” released in 2007. He also has a self produced solo CD, Duncan James “Solo Jazz Guitar,” is prominently featured on Jim Rothermel’s CDs “NeoClassic Swing” and “Memories of You,” and on San Francisco blues diva Dr. Margie Baker’s CDs “Live at Rasselas” released in 2010 and “So Many Stars” released in 2014. Duncan’s CD “All My Tomorrows” was released in 2010.
Rich Girard plays bass. Very well! He’s been around the block, as alluded to in paragraph 1 above but not expanded on here!
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