BIOGRAPHY...

 

Graham Hunt is an accomplished drummer, percussionist, bandleader and composer from Sydney, Australia. With varying influences from Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl and Quest Love, Graham’s versatility spreads across many genres including Big Band, Jazz, Fusion, Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, Groove and Musical Theatre.

Graham is working as a full-time, session, and fill-in drummer for Sydney-based jazz and function bands such as The Velvet Set, Wonderbrass, Sydney Jazz Collective, The Usual Suspects, Band of The Giants, Ellipsis Jazz Trio, Jazz Fever and Quay Music. He has also performed with a wide range of Australian singers and instrumentalists such as James Morrison, Todd McKenney, Nic Jeffries, Lauren Dawes, Laura Stitt, Carrie Lakin, Edoardo Santoni, Bri Cowlishaw, Gregg Arthur, Kevin Hunt, Judy Bailey, Dale Barlow, Craig Scott, Richard Maegraith, Johnathon Zwartz and Matt McMahon.

Graham was born in 1984, and from an early age, had a huge interest in rhythm, publicized by bashing the pots and pans at the age of two and denting his parent’s furniture as soon as they bought him his first pair of drum sticks. Learning piano from the age of four and taking up the trombone during his school years, Graham still kept up with his first love… the drums. From the age of 11, Graham was already joining bands, providing him with his first regular and paid gigs as well as recording experience. The most successful of these groups, “Aerobleu”, recorded their debut album in 2006. Originally being the pianist/keyboardist before residing as the drummer, Graham (age 17) was given the opportunity to perform a concert with U.S soul group “Timeless Soul” of which he was the Musical Director. He also performed with U.S soul sensation Percy Sledge on the Kerry-Anne Kennerly Show as well as Musically Direct Percy Sledge’s Perth concert at Burswood Casino.

Since then, Graham has had the opportunity to study various styles of drumming with Andrew Dickeson, Gordon Rytmeister, Jim Piesse, David Jones and Simon Fishburn.

In 2003, Graham was accepted to study Jazz Drums at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he completed a Bachelor of Music (Perfomance) – Jazz Studies. Here at the Con, he was under the tuition of Craig Scott, William (Bill) Moltzing, Dick Montz, Kevin Hunt, Matt McMahon, Warrick Alder, Dave Theak, Mike Nock, Judy Bailey, Andrew Dickeson, Steve Brien, Dale Barlow and Darryl Pratt.

Graham achieved a place as a top ten finalist for the prestigious National Jazz Awards for jazz drums held at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2011.

Whilst at school, the Con and today, Graham has had a fascination with Big Band music. Through being a member of Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble “Jazz Connection” under the direction of Judy Bailey and the Sydney Conservatorium Big Band, Graham has performed in festivals such as Merimbula Jazz Festival, Kiama Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival and Darling Harbour Jazz Festival. He has also performed in concerts such as “Two Minds-One Music: for Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Orchestra” composed by Judy Bailey and has had the opportunity to be recorded at ABC Studios.

Graham is also exploring the world of Musical Theatre, working his way around town playing in productions, working with different Musical Directors and acquiring as much musical theatre experience as he can. In 2011, Graham travelled to China where he toured as the drummer/percussionist for the musical “Kiss Me Kate”. Other musical theatre productions he has played in include: How To Succeed in Business, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Aida, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Sweet Charity, Annie, and Cats. Graham is planning to use this experience to help him achieve one of his life-long goals… drumming for ‘Cirque Du Soleil’, something that he has aspired to do since experiencing their creations of “Saltimbanco” and “Varekai”.

In addition to performing, Graham is building a reputation as a competent educator and conductor. Privately teaching drums and percussion out of his home studio, Graham also teaches drums, mallet percussion and conducts the Middle School Percussion Ensemble at Barker College in Hornsby and takes two award-winning Percussion Ensembles at Epping Boys High School.

Graham is currently working on his debut jazz album, which will be recorded and released sometime in 2015. The album will feature original compositions illustrating many of the varying influences that have become a part of Graham’s life and career.


Graham proudly endorses Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals and Aquarian Drumheads.



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