WA has a vibrant live jazz scene and some great organisations and clubs bringing people together who share a love of jazz. The WA Jazz Directory lists artists, bands & ensembles, composers, arrangers, venues and organisations from all around Western Australia.
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Graham Wood has been a professional pianist, arranger and composer since 1989. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally and has 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 has been commissioned to compose three major works for Jazz orchestra including one for the Fremantle International Jazz Festival.
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 is published internationally in the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) journal and he makes regular presentations at the Performing Arts Medical Association annual symposium in Aspen, Colorado.
Associate Professor Graham Wood (PhD) was appointed Jazz piano lecturer at WAAPA 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 and was also nominated for a 2013 Golden WAMi by the Western Australian Music Industry Association.
Graham is represented on five CD’s: The Graham Wood Trio ‘Real’ and The Graham Wood Trio + 2 ‘Jazz Juice’, ‘The G Train’, ‘Piano Perspectives’ and his latest release ‘Remembrance’. He also performed on the 2013 Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album with Chris McNulty “The Song That Sings You Here”. This album was recorded in New York City. In addition to this, Graham is also half owner of The Ellington Jazz club and is founder and artistic director for The Perth International Jazz Festival.