JAZZWA's Piano Perspectives project is designed to give local, national and international jazz pianists access to the finest instruments for concert style performances to showcase the nuance and full dynamic range of acoustic jazz piano.
A professional pianist, arranger and composer since 1989, Graham Wood has established a reputation as one of Australia's leading Jazz pianists. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally and has worked with many renowned international artists including Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Sheila Jordan, Dave Weckl and George Garzone to name just a few.
Graham has composed four major large-scale works for Jazz orchestra having been commissioned by The Perth Jazz Society (twice) as well as The Perth International Arts Festival and the Fremantle International Jazz Festival.
Graduating from WAAPA's Bachelor of Music (Jazz) program in 1992, Graham later went on to complete his Graduate Diploma in Education and then a Masters of Music Education. He is currently undertaking his PhD studies at the University of Western Australia.
Graham was appointed Jazz piano lecturer at WAAPA in 2001 and then head of Jazz studies in 2004. He was then appointed Programme Director – Music in 2006 and promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2011. He works extensively in Music Education including work as chief examiner of Music for the Curriculum Council.
Graham is represented on three albums under his own name: The Graham Wood Trio 'Real', The Graham Wood Trio + 2 'Jazz Juice' and his latest release 'The G Train'. Graham has also worked extensively in New York City including a June 2008 CD recording with NYC artists Chris McNulty and Paul Bollenback. He also is organiser of The Australia Day Jazz Showcase in NYC and makes annual presentations at The Performing Arts Medicine Association conference in Aspen Colorado. In addition to this, Graham is also co-owner and artistic director of The Ellington Jazz club.
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Tom O'Halloran leads his own original jazz piano trio outfit and also conducts orchestras from time to time, composes new classical music, plays wild old analogue synthesizers and even rock guitar.
Tom has released two albums with his trio, the latest of which "We Happy Few" won the ABC Limelight Magazine award for Best Jazz Achievement in 2009. Tom has also recorded with Soundgun, Void, The Troy Roberts Double Quartet, The Carl Mackey Quartet and Memory of Elements to name a few.
Comfortable across a myriad of musical styles Tom has worked with artists such as Pete Murray (Sony), James Morrison, singers Tina Harrod, Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez, Universal), Max Sharam, Hugo Race (Bad Seeds), David Campbell, Deni Hines (Sony BMG), Mark Sholtez (Verve label), Simon Barker, Kristen Berardi, Rick Robertson (DIG), trumpeter Phil Slater, bassist Cameron Undy and 20th Century Dog and guitarist James Muller.
Tom's notable overseas performances include the Houston International Jazz Festival, the IAJE festival in New York, The Villa Celimontana Festival in Rome, and Dubai, UAE where he played with the Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed many shows as sideman on the European pop circuit and at Australian jazz festivals including the Melbourne International, Wangaratta, Newcastle, York (WA), Manly and Coolah; with a wide variety of different jazz ensembles.
Tom was also one of four national finalists selected to perform for the 2011 Freedman Jazz Fellowship (a partnership between The Australia Council for the Arts and The Freedman Foundation) which saw him perform at The Sydney Opera House in July 2011 with his trio.
Originally from Perth, Tom lived in Sydney for 5 years before returning to WA to take up a position with The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts lecturing in jazz piano and composition. Whilst in Sydney, Tom undertook his Masters of Music in composition at The Sydney Conservatorium.
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Previous Coordinator for JAZZWA, Alan Corbet (also a talented jazz pianist in his own right) sought to bring attention to the artform of solo jazz piano by founding the Piano Perspectives project in 2007. The first Piano Perspectives concert was held in the afternoon of Sunday November 18th at The Eileen Joyce Studio at the University of Western Australia and it featured internationally acclaimed (Australian born) pianist Barney McAll. Tragically, Alan Corbet died in February of 2008 however Helen Matthews (then a project manager for JAZZWA) continued on the Piano Perspectives concept to present USA pianist Geoffrey Keezer on Sunday Sept 20th 2008 in the Music Auditorium at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Helen Matthews also ran the Piano Perspectives project for JAZZWA in 2009 which featured Australian pianist Aaron Choulai who performed on Sunday August 16th in The Callaway Auditorium at The University of Western Australia. The performance of Tom O'Halloran & Graham Wood on Dec 4th 2011 at The Government House Ballroom marks the culmination of a two year expanded Piano Perspectives project run by current project manager Pete Jeavons.