Graham Wood (musician)

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Graham Wood is a jazz pianist from Perth, Western Australia, born 15 September 1971. Wood started at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2001 as a lecturer on jazz piano, became Head of the Jazz Department in 2005, Program Director of Music in mid-2006, and is currently Program Director of Music.

The Ellington Jazz Club[edit]

In 2009, Wood opened The Ellington Jazz Club [1] in Perth, Western Australia. In its first year, the venue put on 520 shows and featured 2,586 musicians.

CD Releases[edit]

Wood has released 3 CD's.


In 2010, Wood won a WAMi award [1] for Best Jazz Act after playing more than 100 shows with the trio in 2009 and 2010.


Wood is a PhD candidate at The University of Western Australia School of Music and completed his thesis in 2010 entitled "Factors affecting the performance wellness of Jazz pianists in practice and performance". He has presented two papers at the Performing Arts Medicine Association annual conference in Aspen, Colorado. [2]


Wood has been commissioned to compose several large works, including a 2002 commission from The Fremantle International Jazz Festival to compose a one-hour composition entitled "Joan". [3] The work was described by music critic Richard John as "an astonishing achievement".

Performances with notable Jazz artists[edit]

Wood has performed with several well-established jazz artists at festivals, concerts and club appearances.


  • Collins, Simon. The West Australian, Perth, 21 May 2010.
  • Banks, Ron. "The West Australian", Perth, 17 March 2009.
  • Peterson, Sandra. "The Sunday Times Home Magazine", Perth, 30 May 2010.
  • Gordon, Bob. "X-Press Magazine", Perth, 4 March 2010
  • Appleby, Rosalind. "The West Australian", Perth, 9 August 2009
  • John, Richard. "The Australian", Sydney, 29 January 2002
  • Spencer, Doug. "ABC Radio National, The Weekend Planet" [4]
  • Blue, Eliza. "ABC News, Stateline Western Australian" [5]
  • WAAPA Slow Release website [6]
  • Additional media items see [7]