More new beginings are in store. I am rejuvenated in my creativity thanks to a road trip that Mindy and I took to deliver our daughter's drums to her in New York. Along the way we met up with friends new and old,reconnected with family members in our home towns and wound the trip up in The Berkshires where i came of age as a musician back in the early and mid 70's. As an extra treat I got to play a gig in Pittfield Ma. just blocks from where my Father's radio station used to be. Thanks To Fran Tokarz and Aaron Dean for inviting me. Playing music in The Berkshires reminded me of the creative spark that has driven me for all these years and that night at The Rainbow in Pittsfield, I have never felt more free and in tune with the muse. I am ready to carry this forward into some exciting summer gigs here in the ATL. Stay tuned for updates!
April and May were times of memorable gigs, new beginnings and farewells.
I had a great time playing with Theresa Hightower in a residency at the St. Regis Hotel and after that concluded, we played some other memorable gigs including a special Mother's Day show at City Winery along with Gary Harris and a great band. One of my most cherished moments onsatge was accompanying the great Freddy Cole on the song It's Easy To Remember at the St. Regis and every time I get to accompany Theresa, magic happens, The flow is deep and the possibilites endless when we share the stage.
I began a new musical journey in a duo with drummer Adam Wolfe. We are calling the group The Freedom Unlimited Orchestra and we go anywhere the music takes us. I've always said a keyboard player and a good drummer is all you need to take off and this duo is inspiring me to new heights of improv and song.
I've participated in some really exciting recording projects this year and am thrilled with the results of 2 particular ones.
I also had a blast in mid April playing on a brand new surf instrumental by Miami Dan and Friends featuring David Marks. It will be released in time for summer. David and I have also started an exciting new recording project for release later this year.
On a sad note, we said goodbye to our dear friend Col. Bruce Hampton on May 1st
He will always live on in our hearts and we are grateful for many years of friendship and music.
I have released a digital single of my solo piano version of the classic Brian Wilson waltz Solar System. To order or just to listen, here is the link-Solar System
Updated June 6th 2016-
I have added many new solo piano clips and other musical adventures captured on video to my You Tube Channel
Updated June 2015- Click the link below to listen to my soundcloud stream which includes my original jazz and pop music as well as some standards and a couple selection's from the Feb 8th 2015 Francine Reed and The Jez Graham Trio performance at Eddies Attic. jamesjezsoundcloud
I had the honor of recording at East West Studio's formerly Western Studio's in Hollywood Ca. for this project by David Marks in 2010. It was released in 2015 and features jamming and improv on Beach Boy's classics and original David Marks songs. My favorite was the early Beach Boy's instrumental Boogie Woodie. You can check out the album,liner notes and pix here-
September 14 2014 LOVEBRAIN 2 has been officialy released. 14 original songs recorded solo along with appearences by family and friends. You can purchase or download at my page on cdbaby. Meanwhile here are the liner notes
I am happy to announce the name of the new band. We are called 3 out of 4. This is our family band-
Jez Graham-Keys, Vocals,Bass, Guitar,drums Bill Graham-Bass, Keys, Guitar,Vocals Janna Graham-Drums,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Ukelele,Vocals
And #4-Mindy who is our silent partner,manager and guiding light!
Our debut gig is July 27th at The Family Dog. We will also be opening for Francine Reed at Eddie Owen Presents The Red Clay Theater on Sept. 27th
Here is all the news on the new album by Col. Bruce Hampton. We had a great time writing and recording this project and I'm proud to be part of the Zambie continuum. The album is now available on Grammy winning record company Ropeadope Records. Check out all the infoHERE
I am humbled by this review of my 10 year old unreleased solo piano tribute to Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys by music and Beach Boys historian Peter Reum. Thank You Peter- You can listen to some of those tracks here.
Francine Reed and The Jez Graham Trio played a special free concert with The Dekalb Symphony Orchestra on Jan 12th 2014 for details click- HERE- To see a video of us performing 'Surrender" clickHERE
Updated Nov 21-2013- This just in-The album I recorded with Col. Bruce Hampton will be released in early 2014 onRopedope records- On the album I co wrote a number of the songs and played-Acoustic Piano, Bass, Electric Piano, Left hand Bass, Guitar and Electric Sitar.
Work is continuing and nearing completion on my new album Lovebrain 2 which is the sequel to my debut album that was released 20 years ago. I have been working hard in Pine Groove studios putting down, Guitar, Bass,Drums,Vocals and Keyboard parts, finishing the songs that make this record a continuation of my first and most personal album. Many wonderful collaborators are involved and some new music has been written that brings the project into focus and has allowed me the clarity to see it through. Thanks to Janna Graham-Percussion,Mandolin, Bill Graham-Drums,Rhodes,Co-Writer(Mind Gangsters), David Marks-Guitar, Bob Robles-Guitar, Victor Bisetti-Drums and Percussion, Stephen Kalinich-Lyrics-(Surrender), David Beard-Lyrics-(Mind Gangsters), Del Baroni-Bass, Mike Haid-Drums, and a special thanks to Terry Vinyard-Drums,Percussion,Engineering,and Co-Production(No E Studios) who has gone beyond the call of duty in helping me complete this project.Release date is scheduled for Sept. 2014 on Pine Groove records.
I co-wrote and co-produced the song "Tweet" along with David Beard and Gary Griffin for an album and group called "The Bamboo Trading Co." The song features a lead vocal by Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean along with some fabulous singers and instrumentalists who have worked with The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. I play on a couple tracks as well. Highly reccomended for Beach Boys and Sunshine Pop fans! The Bamboo Trading Co.
I am proud to play on the new new David Marks cd "The Circle Continues" it is his collaboration with Stephen Kalinich and also features David's fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine, along with Alan Boyd, and Drummers,Dennis Diken Drummer and Eric Kalb. It's a very interesting album that merges Stevies words with David's unique Guitar voicings, soulful singing and eclectic style, ranging from Beach Boys vibe rockers and introspective layers with flamenco and jazz undertones and even electric Miles tinged tracks merged with Stevies always passionate recitations. Here is David's new site-
Francine Reed and The Jez Graham Trio-Live at Eddies Attic-CD has been released. To get a copy come to one of our gigs or go to cdbaby/francine reed
Below is a clip from Col. Bruce Hampton and The Realms of Ventilation as we were known in summer 2011. In the middle of this 20 minute clip is my version of The Lucky Old Sun as well as some serious jamming between Steel master-A.J. Ghent, Col. Hampton, Ben (Sunknee) Williams and myself at The Dog Star Tavern in Fernandina Beach Fl.
Highlights of 2012 and 2013 include some memorabnle gigs in San Francisco, New York, and many places in between with The legendary Col. Bruce Hampton ret. We co wrote and recorded an album which is slated for a 2014 release, in addition to keyboards I also played some guitar, bass and even some electric sitar on a special country tune we wrote with lyrics by Bruce and Billy Bob Thorton. A special highlight of 2012 was The Magnolia fest in Live Oak Fl where we had Paul Barrere of Little Feat sit in. Another treat was playing in New York with our very special guest Lew Soloff and my cousin Peter Grant on drums, as well as our shows with Gov't Mule in Athens and Atlanta and our return to New York in March 2013 where we played B.B. Kings club after The Allman Brothers show at the Beacon. For that show we had on guitar, David Marks, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline and of course A.J. Ghent.
Realms of Venilation Featuring Col. Bruce Hampton played a special show in Nashvile for a show called Music City Roots on July 18th. The video is from the encore jam with a great bunch of musicians and singers. Check out the video page for more clips including another special Jam from June in St. Paul featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.
My solo piano version of the song "Rainbows" written by Dennis Wilson, Stephen Kalinich and Carl Wilson has just been released on the vinyl version of The Stephen Kalinich and Friends Album-California Feeling, For ordering info click here.
Dec 27 2011-
All of the sudden my single '1968 homecoming Queen Rides Again is getting some interest in Japan. I wrote the song about my wife's sister in 1982 and though I played with the facts a little, It is a true story. We recorded the song at a studio in North Hollywood where me and Drummer/Percussionist Victor Bisetti had just recorded an album for Darlene Love who we both had recently played with. With the help of Fitzhugh Jenkins on Electric bass and our engineer Woody, We recorded what is very much musically, my tribute to Brian Wilson although there are no harmonies. The 45 R.P.M. was released in 1985 by Rockaway Records. the B side is an upbeat Power Pop song called "No Violins" that features Tommy Dunbar of "The Rubinoos" on Guitar.
Updated Spring 2010-
The new Francine Reed downloadable single "Surrender" written by Stephen Kalinich and myself and featuring David Marks on Guitar is now available here-Surrender
Updated Fall 2009-
I played some memorable gigs and continued recording with original Beach Boy David Marks, one of the highlights of the year was our performance at The Endless Summer Quarterly Endless Summer Quarterly Pet Sounds Safari.(video is up on the video page)