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James Graham is a proffesional piano player, organist, composer and piano tutor based in Bristol.
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
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
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you’d like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue close , I provide this for an additional £100
How much time do you need to set up?
I usually set up about 30 minutes to 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as the PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance!
If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?
Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I’m happy to play on it!
Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?
Our set lists are crafts from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, I’m definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.
Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?
Can you learn song requests before the event?
If a song isn’t inclded in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special sound you’d like me to learn I’m happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for the service to take into account rehearsal time, etc.
What do your clients love most about your performances?
People really enjoy the original spin I put onto well known songs, and the fluidity of my improvisation. I often mix two songs together, or play around with the arrangement of songs, keeping them fresh and exciting, and also unique to my style of playing.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
Ronnie Scots, London Central Park Summer Stage, New York Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal Colston Hall (Main Room), Bristol New Morning, Paris Gretchen Club, Berlin Musiekgieterij, Netherlands Gazarte, Athens
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Claude Debussy Frederic Chopin Philip Glass George Gershwin Oscar Peterson Thelonious Monk Ray Charles Dr. John
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
I’m the Musical Director for the band Hannah Williams and the Affirmations. We supported Charles Bradley in the main room of the Colston Hall back in 2017. It was special to me for two reasons - because Charles passed away shortly after that gig, and because I grew up in Bristol, and it’s always been a top ambition of mine to play the Colston Hall.
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