Graham Wood (musician)

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Graham Wood
Born(1971-09-15)15 September 1971
Perth, Western Australia
Died19 July 2017(2017-07-19) (aged 45)
Occupation(s)Musician, educator

Graham Wood (15 September 1971 – 19 July 2017) was an Australian jazz pianist and educator.


Wood taught jazz piano at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Western Australia, in 2001, became head of the jazz department in 2005, and Program Director of Music in 2006.

In 2009, he 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.

Wood was 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 presented two papers at the Performing Arts Medicine Association annual conference in Aspen, Colorado.[2]

He received a 2002 commission from the Fremantle International Jazz Festival to compose a one-hour work entitled "Joan".[3]

Wood contracted cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of bile duct cancer, in 2013; he died on 19 July 2017, at the age of 45.[4]


West Australian Music Industry Awards[edit]

The West Australian Music Industry Awards are annual awards celebrating achievements for Western Australian music. They commenced in 1985.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 The Graham Wood Trio Best Jazz Act Won
2017 Graham Wood Hall of Fame inductee

Other sources[edit]

  • 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"[5]
  • Blue, Eliza. "ABC News, Stateline Western Australian"[6]


  1. ^ "Upcoming Show". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Performing Arts Medicine Association | Dedicated to the health of performing artists". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Perth International Arts Festival". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ "The Ellington Jazz Club owner Graham Wood loses battle with cancer". Perth Now. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Trains/'Trane: Bobby Hutcherson's Wise One/ Graham Wood's The G Train - The Weekend Planet - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  6. ^ Claire Moody (1 June 2010). "Perth music duo celebrate milestone - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 July 2017.