Artist website: http://grahamwood.com.au
Pianist, arranger and composer Graham Wood (1971-2017) toured extensively nationally and internationally and worked with many renowned international artists, including Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Dave O'Higgins, Cindy Blackman, Dave Weckl, Claire Martin, Reggie Workman, Ingred Jensen, Mark Murphy, Greg Osby, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback, George Garzone, Mike Moreno, Gretchen Parlarto, Howard Levy, Jon Gordon and Fred Wesley.
He completed the Bachelor of Music (Jazz) course at WAAPA in 1992. He was awarded an ARTSWA grant to study Jazz piano in New York in 1994. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2000 he pursued a PhD in Music Education. The topic of his PhD research was "Prevalence, factors, and effects of Performance Related Medical Disorders (PRMD) among tertiary-trained jazz pianists in Australia and the United States". His work was published internationally in the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) journal and he made regular presentations at the Performing Arts Medical Association annual symposium in Aspen, Colorado.
Associate Professor at WAAPA, Graham Wood was first appointed lecturer in jazz piano in 2001 and the head of jazz studies in 2004. He was then appointed Dean of Music in 2006. He was nominated for the 2013 Western Australian of the Year in the Arts Category. He was also nominated for a 2013 Golden WAMi by the Western Australian Music Industry Association.
He composed several major works for jazz orchestra, including one for the Fremantle International Jazz Festival.
Graham is represented on five CDs: Real (the Graham Wood Trio) and Jazz Juice, The G Train, Piano Perspectives and his latest release Remembrance (the Graham Wood Trio + 2). He also performed on the 2013 Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album with Chris McNulty The Song That Sings You Here, an album recorded in New York City.
Graham was half owner of the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth, founder and first artistic director for the Perth International Jazz Festival.
Graham Wood died in July 2017 at the age of 46, following a four-year battle with cancer.
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