Graham Dent

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                                jazz pianist and guitarist

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Welcome to the Graham Dent web site! .....  now containing numerous audio clips taken from recent CDs. Have a listen.  Here's a taster from the album, Grateful Hands, a duo with David Williams, a young talented guitarist from Leicester, whose playing displays a maturity and creative sparkle normally associated with much more experienced musicians. More info and tracks are located on the Latest CDs page.    

All The Things You Are (Kern)

Graham is a modern jazz musician based in the midlands. His main instrument is piano/keyboard but he also plays guitar. In Dec 2013 he celebrated 50 years as a gigging musician, and has enjoyed every moment (well almost). Currently he is working mainly with his contemporary modern jazz group named Jucamaya, which showcases original material by Graham, and some carefully chosen jazz standards. His original music features melodies that are memorable, stylish and in tune with the jazz tradition, but have a distinctly modern edge. Jucamaya started life through Graham's collaboration with saxophonist Ian Hill, whose lyrical style and improvisational skill are well respected on the jazz circuit. The band line-up is completed by Richard Baker on trombone, Tom Bull on bass and Alan Savage (or Nick Millward) on drums, all outstanding professional musicians. The band's first CD called Thinking of Joe (remembering Joe Zawinul) was released in 2008 and was well received by jazz audiences and the musician community alike. A second CD called Curious Terrain was released in Sep 2009. Listen to a complete track from the album called Reaching Beyond, and a clip from the title track the funky Curious Terrain. There are more tracks on the More CDs page or better still, go visit the Jucamaya website, www.jucamaya.com.

Reaching Beyond (Dent)

Curious Terrain (Dent)

Here is a video of Jucamaya playing Curious Terrain at Stratford Jazz Club in Sept 2012.

 

Here are some sound clips from Jucamaya's first album Thinking of Joe.

Jessica's Day (Dent)

Thinking of Joe (Dent)

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And also.........

Graham's latest musical collaboration is with singer Sheila Waterfield. A new album called I Wish You Love was recorded in 2012 with Graham on piano, Mike Green on bass, Steve Street on drums, Andy Davey on sax and David Williams on guitar. Graham also produced and mixed the album, a labour of love over several months. Sheila is one of those impressive singers who can instill a beautiful warm delicacy into ballads and also a gutsy energy into the blues. Every performance on the album is a gem, and the band back her with great feeling and sensitivity. Go to Latest CDs page to find out more and hear some audio clips.

            
Another slightly more mature collaboration is with guitarist David Williams from Leicester. David, although relatively young and fresh from a music degree at university, has rapidly acquired a mature and stylish approach to his guitar playing, showing a distinct warmth of feeling in everything he plays. A colourful empathy has developed between the two musicians, something plainly obvious in their live performances. Here is a track from their recently released album Grateful Hands. You can hear more tracks on the Latest CDs page.

Estaté (Martino, Brighetti)

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In 2007 Graham completed work on his first solo album titled Personal Freeway in which he explored increased freedom in improvisation and a dip into Indian, Spanish and Latin music.  Here is a clip from the album. There are more on the More CDs page.

Dominoes (Dent)

Graham regularly accompanies jazz vocalists notably the Birmingham based jazz and soul singer Roy Forbes. Go to the More CDs page to listen to some tracks from their CD, Last Orders. The album, which features some well known songs ranging from Stevie Wonder to Ben E King was produced by Graham and also includes several original songs composed by him, Ian Hill and Roy.

Find out where Graham is playing soon by viewing his gig list.  He regularly appears in line-ups ranging from duo to quintet and plays at jazz clubs, bars and restaurants around the midlands, and at weddings and other private functions. He also teaches jazz piano. If you wish to book him or any band in which he plays, buy a CD, or have some jazz piano lessons, please contact him by e-mail at  info@grahamdent.com

All CDs are priced at £8 including UK postage. Grateful Hands, Personal Freeway, Thinking of Joe and Curious Terrain can be purchased on www.jazzcds.co.uk

Grateful Hands can be bought as mp3 downloads. Click the box below.

 

Last  updated   10/03/2014