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, or have some jazz piano lessons please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07719-906307. Go to Graham Dent at Bandcamp for CD or download purchases.
ADDENDUM: The coronavirus impact has brought live gigs to a halt. However here is news of a recent musical adventure which Graham is pursuing with local singer and poet Dee Way. Dee has been writing numerous poems which Graham has put to music. Here is a taster of our collaboration. This is a short song called Springtime which might bring you a little extra cheer in these troubling times. Enjoy.
Welcome to the Graham Dent website! Graham is a modern jazz pianist (and occasional guitarist) who relocated from Rugby to Frome in Somerset in 2016. He quickly established himself within the West Country jazz community.
LIVE JAZZ AFTER COVID. Graham's own monthly gigs on the 3rd Sunday of the month at The Cornerhouse in Frome have returned. Recent gigs have featured saxophonists Nick Sorensen, and Steve Tayton,and singer Caroline Radcliffe. The next gig on 19 Dec will feature local trumpeter John Plaxton playing with Graham's trio (Adrian Smith on bass and Greg White on drums).
The coronavirus lockdown has impacted immensely on the opportunities for live music. However Graham's time has not been wasted. He has been collaborating online with bassist Adrian Smith, and over the last year they have recorded over 100 tracks on their home studio gear. Most are piano/double bass duo recordings of standards and some originals, but some tracks incorporate Graham playing sitar and tabla as well as keyboard. A double album called Inspiring Detour has just been released. Purchase of the CD or downloads are possible on Graham Dent on Bandcamp. Go to Latest CDs for more details and there is more lockdown music on the Lockdown page. Here's a taster track.
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, two 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.
Graham also has a monthly gig at Il Fiume Italian Restaurant in Bradford on Avon where he plays a mix of standards and his original compositions. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month his piano/bass duo perform there and sometimes a guest vocalist is invited to come and sing. This stylish eating place with wonderful food has an atmosphere that is friendly and relaxed, so come and give your support on the jazz nights.
(Bird, McRae, Woode)
keyboard, double bass
Springtime (Way, Dent)