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James Graham

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Pianist
Bristol
James Graham is a proffesional piano player, organist, composer and piano tutor based in Bristol.

James Graham is a professional piano player, organist, composer and piano tutor based in Bristol. He has performed all around the world as a solo performer and with various other artists, and tours regularly in the U.K. After performing extensively as a resident pianist in three different Bristol venues, he now writes, records, tours and arranges regularly with internationally acclaimed artists such as Hannah Williams and Ephemerals. He also has a vast portfolio of original jazz and classical piano compositions and orchestral works. He has recently composed, arranged and directed the latest Hannah Williams album entitled 'Late Nights and Heartbreak' released on Record Kicks (IT). James studied Music at the University of Leeds and graduated with Honors in 2011. Whilst studying he worked as a self-employed piano and music theory tutor. In 2010 he was awarded winner of the Leeds Music College Silent Film Competition with his composition 'A Life In The Night', which was performed in the University Clothworker's Concert Hall by a 40 piece orchestra. In 2011 he travelled to the Middle East to perform as a solo pianist. For over a decade James has been a resident solo piano performer for the touring festival venue The Peoples Front Room. Now he works as Musical Director for the venue, organising over 80 musicians to perform across the festival season, at events such as Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Boomtown and Shambala. In 2017, James will embark on a European tour promoting Ephemerals' 3rd studio album (released on Jalapeno Records, UK). He will be directing music at the People's Front Room at 7 different festivals, and will record, compose and direct 3 more studio albums with Hannah Williams, Three London Planes and Bombs. "'James Graham is a terrific all-rounder - pianist, singer, composer, band-leader...Whether as a solo performer or as frontman of a group, he shows genuine confidence and poise and has a very warm stage presence. In short, he has not only admirable technical skill but also the ability to communicate with his audience." Simon Warner, rock journalist [Guardian]

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Ragtime, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Funk, Motown, Soul, Vintage, Britpop, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll
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Instruments:
Piano, Singer (bass), Composer, Guitar
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter
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Reviews

From customers:

Ear M, 5 years ago

James Graham is a very talented and original pianist and composer"John Blakely, Bristol Music Advocator

Guardian, 8 years ago

'James Graham is a terrific all-rounder - pianist, singer, composer, band-leader...Whether as a solo performer or as frontman of a group, he shows genuine confidence and poise and has a very warm stage presence. In short, he has not only admirable technical skill but also the ability to communicate with his audience." Simon Warner, rock journalist