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Jez Graham

l was born in 1959 in New York.

Full bio -

http://jezgraham.com/historyandmusic.htm


Since coming to Atlanta in 1988 I have enjoyed gigging around town and have continued to write and record.

I released my first official CD in 94 and have released 5 other titles.

I also began my life as a Unity musician under the direction of Don Discenza at Unity North.

In 95 I began accompanying the amazing vocalist Francine Reed who is well known for her work with Lyle Lovett.

97-97 -The Trio with Ramon Pooser, Mike Hinton, and myself played 4 nights a week at The Martini Club and recorded the CD Thursday which received national airplay.

99-I joined Del Baroni's On The Air and 8 piece band specializing in Sinatra. Del and I also work as a Duo.

99/00-Played and recorded with Rita Graham(no relation) who was used to sing with Ray Charles and Harry James.

2000/01- Jez Graham and The Combination released 2 CD's and appeared at The Atlanta Jazz Festival.

02/03 The new Trio with Bill Hatcher and Joel Morris released the CD Monday and played Mondays at Sambuca for a couple years.

04- Pianist/Music Director at Unity/Rockdale.

Recorded my unreleased CD tribute to the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.

In 05 I began collaborating with poet/lyricist Stephen Kalinich.

Our CD "You Can Soar" was released in summer 06.

O7/08 found me re-releasing my cd's and introducing them into the digital download universe as well as writing new songs and enjoying my job as a pianist for hire, playing in assorted trio's in Atlanta's finest Hotels and Restaraunt's. Began serving as music director at Sacred Tapestry

08/09- I was honored to play the Ga. State Jazz piano summit with the legendary Johnny Knapp. Began a ongoing collaboration with David Marks the legendary guitarist who is a founding member of The Beach Boys.

09/10/2011

Played gigs in Atlanta and Charlotte with David Marks and The Summertime Blues Band. We also did a very special recording project jamming on classic Beach Boys songs with an improvisational twist at East/West Studios(formerly Western Studios) in Hollywood called David Marks and Frends Live on Sunset

Played on and produced a Francine Reed downloadable single of a song co-written with Stephen Kalinich called Surrender. It features David Marks on Guitar.It is available on itunes. Recorded my Christmas song "Lets Make Every Day Like Christmas" which was released on the side bmusic holiday cd,-Rockin the Mistletoe. The cd features another collaboration with Stephen Kalinich that also features Probyn Gregory of Brian Wilson's band on French Horn.

Reformed The Trio to become the Sunday house band at The Family Dog Atlanta.

Recorded a live Francine Reed album with The Trio at Eddies Attic which was released in 2012 Francine Reed and The Jez Graham Trio Live at Eddies Attic

My solo piano version of the Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/ Stephen Kalinich song "Rainbows" was featured on Stevie's tribute cd California Feeling

I also contributed keyboards to David Marks wonderfully creative album The Circle Continues

saw the Cd release of the new Col. Bruce Hampton album Pharoah's Kitchen on Ropeadope Records which features the new music we played across the country- recorded in studio sessions in Atlanta 2012.I am honored to have co-written half of the album with Col. Bruce as well as contributing musically on piano, electric piano,bass, electric sitar and vocals, and contributing my song with Stephen Kalinich "Surrender". One of my favorites is a country song we co-wrote with Billy Bob Thornton. Here it is- Dot Dot Dot You never know who might turn up at a Col. Bruce show and in 2011,12,13, and 14 we were joined onstage by such musicians as Paul Barrere, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Lew Soloff, David Marks, Nels Cline, Kofi Burbridge, Stanton Moore, Bonnie Bramlett, and Randell Bramlett among others.

2014 saw the fruition of our family band 3 out of 4. We debuted songs from my final cd Lovebrain 2 at Eddie Owen presents The Red Clay Theater.

2014 ended but the creative roll kept going. The Holiday Hootenany in Dec. 2014 brought together the biggest Col. Hampton group yet with a horn section, 3 drummers, and a cast too big to mention.

California Feeling 2 was released in early 2016. I am on the David Marks track Anytime U.S.A. playing organ and the song which was written by David and Stephen Kalinich also features Dennis Dikken on Drums and Alan Boyd on harmonies.

2015 and 2016 have been time for intense focus and rediscovery of practicing the piano. No recordings were done other than session work. I have been working at home on my piano and have recently began a series of solo piano/vocal video's for my youtube channel. The songs are a combination of my originals as well as my favorite covers. 2015 and 2016 have also found me continuing to write songs along with my wife Mindy for our Sunday services at Unity East of Atlanta. I also played some of my most memorable gigs with Francine Reed, topped by a performance in Aspen for Jazz Aspen Snowmass. I have been blessed by many years as a working musician and I will continue to play the piano for as long as I live.

Excerpt from Francine Reed's bio-
In 1985, friends introduced Reed to Lyle Lovett, who was searching for a female singer for his new band. Lovett was still a struggling, virtually unknown performer when they began their association, but as his star rose, Reed became an integral part of his show. Reed began touring with Lovett and his Large Band as a background vocalist, and also often performed duets with the country musician. She was featured with Lovett on several albums, and appeared with him on television shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” and "Regis and Kathy Lee.”


In the mid 1990s, she decided to pursue a solo career and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Here she recorded her debut solo album, “I Want You to Love Me,” which featured a duet with Lyle Lovett. Her follow-up, “Can’t Make It On My Own,” featured a duet with Delbert McClinton. The success of these early works resulted in nominations for the prestigious W.C. Handy Award. (Blues Song of the Year and Soul/Blues-Female Artist of the Year - 1997)


Reed continued to release solo albums and went on to collaborate with other great performers. She performed on Willie Nelson's acclaimed album Milk Cow Blues (2000), lending her soulful voice to the title track as well as to the song "Funny How Time Slips Away." She has also contributed vocals to the recordings of Delbert McClinton and Roy Orbison.
www.francinereed.net/ She released Francine Reed and The Jez Graham Trio Live at Eddies Attic in 2012.

Excerpt from Jez's Bio-

In 95 I began accompanying the amazing vocalist Francine Reed who is well known for her work with Lyle Lovett.-97-97 -The Trio with Ramon Pooser, Mike Hinton, and myself played 4 nights a week at The Martini Club and recorded the CD Thursday which received national airplay.-99-I joined Del Baroni's On The Air and 8 piece band specializing in Sinatra. Del and I also work as a Duo.-99/00-Played and recorded with Rita Graham(no relation) who was used to sing with Ray Charles and Harry James.-2000/01- Jez Graham and The Combination released 2 CD's and appeared at The Atlanta Jazz Festival.-02/03 The new Trio with Bill Hatcher and Joel Morris released the CD Monday and played Mondays at Sambuca for a couple years.-04-Jan.08 I was Pianist/Music Director at Unity/Rockdale.-04 I recorded my first CD tribute to the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.-In 05 I began collaborating a collaboration with poet/lyricist Stephen Kalinich.-Our CD "You Can Soar" was released in summer 06. We celebrated the release with a concert at Unity North Church with some of Atlanta's finest musicians. performed my Jazz Tribute to Brian Wilson in Concert for The Gainsville Arts Council.-06 Played at Harrah's in North Carolina with The Shirelles/The Dixie Cups. and The Angels.-O7 found me re-releasing my cd's and introducing them into the digital download universe as well as continuing my gigs around Atlanta and the southeast with Del Baroni and Francine Reed as well as reconnecting and playing with many old friends and colleagues. I gave a concert called Jez Loves You Jazz tribute to Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys at Churchill Grounds.-I was honored to participate in the GSU Jazz Piano Summit.-Played on sessions for several nationally released Cd's.-08- Began serving as music director at Sacred Tapestry Church where I am playing a Jazz service along with my son Bill.-Began collaborating with original Beach Boy David Marks on live and recording projects. Composed and/or performed pieces for television including music for the season finale of VH1 reality show Fantasia For Real. Played on 2 cd's by David Marks and Stephen Kalinich including "The Circle Continues" and "David Marks and Friends Live on Sunset 2010" released in 2012 and 2012. Co-wrote and played on Col Bruce Hampton's Pharaohs Kitchen and toured with the Col. in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpt from Stephen's Bio-

Stephen John Kalinich was born in Endicott, New York, America. He is a poet who has also collaborated with many musicians, including P F Sloan, Art Munson,Kenny Hirsch,Randy Crawford, MaStephen John Kalinichry Wilson of the The Supreme's, Odyssey, Clifton Davis and Diana Ross. He wrote several songs for The Beach Boys including "Be Still", "Little Bird" and A Time to live in dreams on the Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace Of A Musical Legacy with Dennis Wilson, and most recently two songs on Brian's Getting' In Over My Head album, one of which - 'A Friend Like You" - featured vocals from Paul McCartney. Brian also re-recorded their 1974 collaboration 'California Feeling' a 2002 classics compilation. Stephen also worked on with Brian Wilson in 1969 on a project that finally saw the light of day some 40 years later: A World of Peace Must Come Must Come is a classic late 60's album of poems with musical backing by Brian.

Excerpt from David's Bio-
In 2005, at the request of the Wilson family, David Marks was included on the State of California Historical Landmark. This statue features the same iconic image shot on the beach in 1962 of the Pendleton clad boys, literally and forever cementing David’s place in the history of the Beach Boys.
The following summer, all 5 surviving Beach Boys, including David Marks, gathered on the rooftop at Capitol Records to receive recognition for 2 million sales of their compilation, Sounds of Summer. In 2008 David toured the UK as a special guest with the touring Beach Boys, as well as appearing in many shows throughout the Northeast.

The last few years have also seen the reissues of David Marks & the Marksmen, (The Ultimate Collector’s Edition 1963-1965), as well as reissues of both albums by The Moon and Colours on the UK based Cherry Red Records, and a new CD of originals titled I Think About You Often.
David is currently residing in New York, where he continues to write and record new music. He is currently finishing a collection of songs co-written with Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich titled The Circle Continues and is set to release a live CD called Summertime Blues Live both due for Spring ’11 releases.

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