Whilst living in the midlands over several decades Graham has collaborated with a host of well established and talented musicians, the most significant being Ian Hill (sax), Richard Baker (trombone), David Williams (guitar), Roy Forbes (vocal), Sheila Waterfield (vocal). He has played on a total of twelve CDs, seven of which he also recorded and produced at his home studio.
During the period 2007- 2015 Graham led his own contemporary jazz quintet, Jucamaya, featuring his own compositions and arrangements. His original music features melodies that are memorable, stylish and in tune with the jazz tradition, but have a distinctly modern edge with a dash of quirkiness occasionally. The band recorded two CDs, Thinking of Joe (2008) and Curious Terrain (2009), both of which have been well received by jazz audiences and the musician community alike. Here are a couple of audio tracks. There are more tracks on the Jucamaya CDs page on this website ..... or better still, visit www.jucamaya.com.
Graham Dent jazz pianist
Reaching Beyond (Dent)
Curious Terrain (Dent)
Graham has also performed on and produced four other CDs in recent years:
I Wish You Love, Sheila Waterfield (vocals) and Graham Dent Quintet, 2013
Grateful Hands, duo with guitarist David Williams, 2011
Personal Freeway, Graham Dent solo album, 2007
Last Orders, Roy Forbes (vocals) and Fresco jazz quartet, 2005.
There are numerous video clips of Graham playing piano on YouTube. Just search for Roy Forbes or Jucamaya and you will find performances at The Stirrup Cup (near Kettering).
Graham is open for business with regard to forming suitable bands for your events .... pub gigs, restaurants, parties, weddings, etc. To book a band, buy a CD, or have some jazz piano lessons please contact him by email at email@example.com or ring 07719-906307.
Welcome to the Graham Dent website! Graham is a modern jazz pianist (and occasional guitarist) who relocated from Rugby in the Midlands to Frome in Somerset in 2016. He is very interested in networking with other like-minded musicians in the West Country who might be interested in working with him.
Currently Graham has two monthly gigs at Il Ponte Italian Restaurant in Bradford on Avon where he plays a mix of standards spiced up with a few of his original compositions. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month his piano/bass/drums trio performs there and on the 4th Tuesday of the month he invites a guest vocalist to come and sing. This stylish eating place with wonderful food has recently been set up by new owners and the atmosphere there is friendly and relaxed, with enthusiastic audience support on the jazz nights. It's free admission, and dining is optional. Here is a recording made at the venue in February 2019, featuring Graham, plus Adrian Smith on double bass and Rob Brian on drums.
Hazel Nut (Dent)
In 2017 the Graham Dent Trio recorded a CD titled In the Genes, mainly of original music. Ralf Dorrell was on double bassist and the drum seat was taken by Rob Brian. The album theme is a personal celebration of Graham's six grandchildren, four of whom have recently started to learn the piano. Go to Latest CDs page for more details. Here is one of the tracks, as a taster.
At The Cornerhouse in Frome Graham regularly plays in a monthly jam session (first Sunday) and also presents his own trio plus invited guests on the third Sunday. All gigs are free admission. See Graham's gig list for details.
Pick Yourself Up (Jerome Kern)